By John M. Logsdon
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Dissatisfaction with tour planning extended to Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins themselves. On September 17, the day after they had addressed a joint session of Congress, the three were briefed at the State Department with respect to tour preparations. ” It departed on September 29, with the first stop being Mexico City. The day before, Nixon, reflecting his personal concern that the tour serve his broader purposes, called Armstrong to give him some final thoughts. ”47 The crew visited 27 cities in 24 countries over 39 days.
Lyndon B. Johnson had been a major supporter of the NASA program as a senator, as vice-president, and in the first few years of his presidency. 17 S e t t i n g t h e P o s t- A p o l l o S tag e 39 Getting Ready for the New President Paine, like most of the Washington space community, thought it unlikely that he would be kept on as NASA administrator by the incoming Nixon administration. He was a liberal Democrat, and his wife had campaigned for Nixon’s opponent, Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. ’”26 Fortunately, this statement was not needed. m. * President Nixon watched the launch in the White House together with Borman. ” It noted that “in past ages, exploration was a lonely enterprise. ” Indeed, the Apollo 11 mission was the first event to be televised globally; the communications satellite required to complete a global network had been put into orbit over the Indian Ocean only a few days earlier.
After Apollo?: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program by John M. Logsdon