Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. National Security Files
This folder contains a report to the United States Congress from President John F. Kennedy titled, “United States Aeronautics and Space Activities, 1961,” summarizing actions by various departments and agencies related to the U.S. space program. Topics include communication satellites, a reorganization of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), nuclear testing, meteorological studies, space sciences, and manned space flight. Also included in this folder are telegrams and memoranda concerning astronaut Colonel John Glenn’s successful orbit around the Earth, a directive from the Department of Defense for military space programs, and Soviet Union criticisms of the U.S. space program.