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Author John Logsdon: JFK and the Race to the Moon, HD

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Uploaded on May 31, 2011

Lecture: Houston, TX. Organized by Roger Weiss.

On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy proposed as a national goal sending Americans to the Moon "before this decade is out." Author John M. Logsdon (Ph.D., New York Univ), gives a fascinating lecture based upon his new book, "John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon," on Mon, May 23, 2011, at the NASA/Johnson Space Center Gilruth Center's Alamo Ballroom. The talk, open to the public, addressed the following questions: (1) Why did JFK decide to go to the Moon? (2) What did he do in the thirty months after announcing his decision to make Apollo a viable program? (3) Was Apollo a success? (4) Does the Apollo experience, and JFK's role in it, have any relevance to day's space policy debate? Dr. Logsdon is Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs and Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs, Space Policy Institute, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington Univ. He is former Director of Center for International Science and Technology Policy, Space Policy Institute. Dr. Logsdon is the author of The Decision to Go to the Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest and is general editor of the 8-volume series Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program. He has also written numerous articles and reports on space policy and history.

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