White House Photographs
President John F. Kennedy (right) tours spacecraft displays inside a hangar at the Rich Building of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, Texas. Astronaut Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr. (mostly hidden, right of President Kennedy), briefs the President on a mock-up of the lunar lander, also known as "the Bug" (partially visible at left); a mock-up of a Gemini paraglider is visible in the background. Also pictured: Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the Department of Defense, Dr. Harold Brown; Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Dr. James E. Webb; Naval Aide to the President, Captain Tazewell T. Shepard, Jr.; Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson; Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Dr. Robert Gilruth. President Kennedy visited the Center as part of a two-day inspection tour of NASA field installations.