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“We Got a Fair Chance to Keep Up”


Photo credit: Cecil Stoughton

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Before discussing civil rights concerns and presidential appointments with Sen. John L. McClellan [D–Arkansas], President Johnson reminisced about his early role with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Gemini 3 had launched that morning from Cape Canaveral, just days after Moscow’s launch of a manned space flight that had ascended to an earth orbit higher than any the Americans had yet reached. 


March 23, 1965
Oval Office

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