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Venus V / Apollo X / NASA Fate #445622

NBC Evening News for Friday, May 16, 1969
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(Kennedy Space Center, Florida) USSR Venus V lands on Venus. Uncertain if instruments worked after landing. Apollo X astronauts in good health. 2 of 3 astronauts to go within 10 mile of moon. NBC coverage starts Sunday at 11:30 a.m. EST. President commission to decide next goal after Jul. moon landing. Many leaving NASA; number of building vacancies in Cocoa Beach area. NASA employees cut 2,000 in last 2 years, and 5,000 more to leave after moon shot. Apollo VII Commander Walter Schirra and Apollo VIII Commander Frank Borman leave. Apollo VIII member William Anders takes Space Council appointed Space exploration costly. Competes for dollars with war, urban development, and tax and inflation battle.
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