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Apollo XI / Preparations / Poor People / Coverage #204539

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 15, 1969
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(Kennedy Space Center, Florida) Apollo XI stands alone. Launch at 9:32 am. EST Wednesday Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins relax. Mrs. Armstrong arrives to watch flight. Other wives to watch launch on TV. Former President Lyndon B. Johnson gets friendly reception. Crowds below 1 million estimate. Hotel owners not happy with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) estimate, which could have scared many away. Poor People's Campaign protest to show not enough spent for earth's poor, while millions spent on moon [Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Dr. Ralph ABERNATHY - says moved by US's achievement and crew's heroism. Pray for safe return of them. What we can do for space, must do for poor people.] NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) administration, Thomas Paine grants Abernathy's request that several poor families be admitted to V.I.P. area for viewing launch. Paine told Abernathy if he could wipe out poverty by not sending Apollo XI, he'd not push button. CBS to carry hour preview of flight at 10 p.m. EST tonight. Live coverage begins at 6 a.m. EST. tomorrow.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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