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Science Past from the issue of January 13, 1962

12:41pm, December 30, 2011

MOON RACE WILL INCREASE — The race for the moon will become more competitive in 1962 in prestige, military and scientific aspects. Foremost there is developing a national will or desire to explore the moon and put an American landing party on the natural satellite of the earth. This is an objective set forth by President Kennedy last May for an accomplishment of this decade. The U.S. would like to beat the Russians to it. There is a major effort to this end by both National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Air Force. Major space industries are being given large amounts of public money to work out plans and mechanisms to get to the moon.

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