Moon Race Controversy

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Rising Criticism of U.S. Moon Program

The United States may fall short of its goal of landing a man on the moon before the end of the present decade. Beset by delays and mounting costs, the American moon program is being subjected to searching criticism for the first time. In the past, Soviet space feats could be counted on to generate demands for spending additional money and effort on U.S. space projects. But announcement of the launching on April 2 of Lunik IV, Russia's first moon shot in three and one-half years, met with more indifference than alarm. Many members of Congress are beginning to wonder whether the $20 billion needed to put a man on the moon by 1970 will yield a commensurate return ...

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