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    President John Kennedy writes, "Together, we are joined as a Nation in an endeavor holding promise of manifold benefits - not only to Texas and the United States, but to all mankind"

    John F. Kennedy Typed Letter Signed as president on White House stationery. One page, 6.75" x 9.5", Washington, March 21, 1962, to John T. Jones Jr., publisher of the Houston Chronicle, praising Houston's important place in the nation's space program and optimistically looking forward to the future of that space program. In full:

    "Houston - as the operational base of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Manned Spacecraft Center - has become an integral part of the Nation's space effort.

    "Through this special rotogravure issue, the Houston CHRONICLE has graphically demonstrated the readiness of the people of Texas to assure the continuing advancement of our national space program.

    "This special issue underlines the responsibility of news media to report accurately and in depth the course being charted across the unexplored oceans of space. Together, we are joined as a Nation in an endeavor holding promise of manifold benefits - not only to Texas and the United States, but to all mankind
    ."

    During the Cold War, President Kennedy was eager to lead the space race against the Soviet Union. In two speeches in 1962 the young president committed the United States to put a man on the moon. The first of those speeches was delivered to Congress two months after this letter was written. Houston was chosen as the site for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Manned Spacecraft Center (today called the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center) in September 1961. Construction on the 1,620 acre facility began one month after this letter was written and was completed in September 1963.


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