ASTRONAUT

Abstract

The year; 1969 was truly a turning point in the story of space exploration-the most significant of any year in that still brief history. I am pleased to transmit to the Congress this report on the space and aeronautics activities of ow Government in the past 12 months. As I do so, I again salute the thousands of men and women whose devotion and skill over many years have made our recent successes possible. This report tells the remarkable and now familiar story of man’s first and second landings on the Moon. It recounts, too, the exciting Mariner voyage which took the first closeup photographs of the planet Mars. But it also discusses the space triumphs of 1969 which were less well-publicized, successes which also have great significance. It tells, for example, of the progress made in our communications satellite, weather satellite and Earth resources satellite programs. It discusses the scien’tific and military implications of all our recent advances. It details the progress we have made toward achieving greater international participation in our space adventures. And it reports, too, on our advances in aeronautical technology. In 1969 we achieved the most prominent of our goals in space-one which ha

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