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"I'm not that interested in space......" President John F. Kennedy, November 1962

Murdering Apollo: John F. Kennedy and the retreat from the lunar goal

by Dwayne A. Day

Monday, October 30, 2006

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/735/1

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/739/1

LBJ’s Space Race: what we didn’t know then

by Alan Wasser

Monday, June 20, 2005

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/396/1

http://www.thespacereview.com/article/401/1

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Mike-

Great Stuff! Very interesting reading.

Also found the discussion of "counterfactuals" very informative. (I knew the subject, but not the name)

I have no clue how the Space Race would have turned out if JFK hadn’t been assassinated. Probably not much different, primarily because of how Khrushchev viewed JFK and he wouldn’t have taken JFK up on the joint exploration initiative. Also, the second article discusses how Vietnam influenced LBJ’s thinking on space. However, if JFK had lived, what would have been the course of events in Vietnam, and how would that affected his thinking on space? Or the Country’s’? (Ah, counterfactuals, they can be such fun!)

Thanks for exercising my mind this morning.

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