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America in Space: The First Decade (1968)

Hardin-Simmons University Library

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  •  Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia 
  •  Godard Space Flight Center in Maryland 
  •  Deep space probes collect information about our planetary neighbors, Venus and Mars 
  •  First look at the lunar surface 
  •  Practical benefits on Earth, including meteorology and commercial television 
  •  Advancements in aeronautics 
  •  Manned space travel begins with Project Mercury 
  •  Alan Shepard became the first American in space with the Mercury-Redstone 3 (Freedom 7) mission on May 5, 1961 
  •  John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth with Mercury-Atlas 6 (Friendship 7) on February 2, 1962 
  •  Project Gemini 
  •  Gemini 6A performed the first manned rendezvous with Gemini 7 on December 15, 1965 
  •  Mission Control Center at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston 
  •  Project Apollo 
  •  Construction of Kennedy Space Center in Florida 
  •  Neil Armstrong encounters a failure of the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle 
  •  Apollo astronaut training 
 
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Produced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and narrated by Alexander Scourby, this government film surveys the incredible progress made by the American space program during its first decade. The film begins by examining some of the major technological developments and scientific discoveries made by NASA in its early years, such as probes to Mars and advancements in aeronautics. It also stresses Earthbound benefits of the space program, like the usefulness of satellites to weather monitoring and communication systems. Finally, the film traces the development of the manned space program through Projects Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo.
As the scope of the American space program grew, NASA’s Space Task Group realized it would need to expand into its own facility if it were to successfully land a man on the Moon. In 1961, the agency’s selection team chose a 1,000-acre cow pasture in Houston, Texas, as the proposed center’s location site, owing to its access to water transport and commercial jet service, moderate climate, and proximity to Rice University. In September 1963, the facility opened as the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC). 
 
The Center became the focal point of NASA’s manned spaceflight program, developing spacecraft for Projects Gemini and Apollo, selecting and training astronauts, and operating the Lunar Receiving Laboratory. Beginning with Gemini 4 in June 1965, MSC’s Mission Control Center also took over flight control duties from the Mercury Control Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As a result, the facility managed all subsequent manned space missions, including those related to Projects Gemini and Apollo, the Apollo Applications Program, the Space Shuttle Orbiters, and the International Space Station.
 
In 1973, the MSC was renamed in honor of the late President and Texas native Lyndon B. Johnson. (As Senate Majority Leader, Johnson sponsored the 1958 legislation that established NASA.) The Center continues to lead NASA’s efforts in space exploration, training both American and international astronauts, managing missions to and from the International Space Station, and operating scientific and medical research programs.
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