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Distinguished Lecture: John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and the American Space Program June 25, 2015

Jun 25, 2015 at 8:30 PM
Baker Theater

ISU faculty member John Logsdon will host a lecture on Thurs., June 25, from 8:30-10 p.m. in Baker University Center Theater, where he’ll discuss U.S. President John Kennedy’s dramatic 1961 decision to send astronauts to the moon within the decade.

The success of the Apollo 11 mission satisfied the goal that had been set by the US president, but also raised the question, 'What do you do next, after landing on the Moon?' It fell to President Richard M. Nixon to answer this question, and his response changed the course of the US space program ever since. 

Logsdon, author of the 2010 book "John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon" and the 2015 book "After Apollo?: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program" will discuss the reasons for Kennedy's decision and the steps the young president took to turn the decision into a successful Apollo program, and will discuss the deliberations by President Richard Nixon to end the Apollo program and put the US space program on a different course.

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