Stocktaking of U. S. Space Programs
Coming U. S. Manned Flight Around the Moon
Three american astronauts will attempt the first manned flight around the moon during the coming Christmas season. If they are successful, it will give the United States its greatest space feat at a time when the country's $32 billion space effort has been losing momentum. It will mark man's most distant and dangerous venture into space, barring a prior Soviet move, and bring nearer a future descent to the moon's surface.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Nov. 12 that the Apollo 8 spacecraft will be sent aloft Dec. 21 or soon afterward. The timing will depend on conditions for launching at Cape Kennedy and recovery in the Pacific, plus the moon's ...