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Abstract

On 4 October 1957 the Soviet Union launched into Earthorbit a beach-ball-sized satellite they called Sputnik, simultaneously propelling the world into a portentous new era known as the Space Age. Ten days later in America, amid public and military anxiety, President Dwight D. Eisenhower received a carefully constructed briefing on future space exploration, including human spaceflight activities, from the American Rocket Society, an eminent and influential association that was chiefly comprised of aerospace engineers and was then headed by the renowned rocket scientist, Robert Truax. Within its presentation the Society recommended that — in view of the Soviet accomplishment — the United States had a pressing need to create a civilian research and development societ akin to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) but not answerable to the military services.

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Test Pilot Space Flight Marine Corps Orbital Flight Manned Spacecraft 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bonnet BayAustralia

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