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[i]In September 1963, during a speech before the United Nations, Kennedy again proposed a joint lunar program to the Soviet Union. The proposal was not enthusiastically received by Khrushchev. Kennedy's death only a little more than a month later essentially made the proposal irrelevant. Discussion of a joint Moon mission with the Soviet Union died out in the early months of the Johnson administration. However, Kennedy's actions throughout his presidency were consistent. As President, he viewed space as merely an extension of political competition –- and potentially cooperation –- between the superpowers. [b]Kennedy showed no other enthusiasm about space exploration outside of this political context.[/b][/i] [emphasis mine]
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