Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.
This folder contains material collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Topics include policy regarding the astronauts on Project Mercury; the geographical distribution of NASA contracts; informal talks on nuclear testing between the Soviet Union and United States; direct railroad connections from Cape Canaveral, Florida to main rail lines in Florida, and the adoption of the lunar orbit rendezvous. Of note is a letter to the President from Dr. Wernher von Braun, Director of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, concerning the President’s request of Dr. Von Braun’s views on legislation or other restrictions that may delay the manned lunar mission. Also included in this folder is a letter to the President from NASA Administrator James E. Webb regarding the priority of the manned lunar landing program in the space program.