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The Zigzag Principle by Rich Christiansen

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CATALYZING STATEMENTS

Soon after John F. Kennedy became president, he began to see the importance of the manned space program that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had envisioned; in fact, in his State of the Union address in January 1961, he made his support of manned space flight clear. Then on April 12, 1961, the Soviet Union sent the first man into space, which seemed to show the world that while the United States had dreams and ambitions, it was lagging behind in achieving its goal.

President Kennedy did not want to fall behind the Soviet Union, which was putting more money and effort toward space than we were at that time. So, on May 25, 1961, he stood before a special joint session of Congress and outlined what could be viewed as his beacon ...

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