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NASA / Webb Retires / USSR #1698

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 16, 1968
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(Studio) NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) head, James Webb, to retire next month Says United States trails USSR in space race. Webb meets with President Johnson
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) [WEBB - says not starting new flights for 70s. Soviets flying larger number flights than US. Morale not low; progress still being made.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) United States launched twice as many crafts into orbit or to planets as USSR . American astronauts orbited three times as long as Soviets. United States scored most maj. feats, though Soviet pilot 1st. Webb lost usefulness few years ago in getting money for NASA. No plans after Apollo. Next President must rebuild NASA with scientific administration.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) Three man Apollo VII set for launch on October 11. Countdown rehearsal delayed due to ground equipment trouble. USSR sent unmanned ship to moon. In Britain, Director Jodrell Bank Observatory, Bernard Lovell says launch may be the first in series of Soviet Lunar exercises.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Bergman, Jules;
Reynolds, Frank

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