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Duke Of URL
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posted 05-01-2013 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just heard a voice recording of JFK discussing his views on going to the moon. His words were, "I would like to have an agreement on when we both try to go to the Moon, then we wouldn't have this intensive race. I don't know if they're going to the Moon. Lovell says they're not."

At the point the recording was made, Jim Lovell hadn't flown into space and I've never read anything about him having a conversation with President Kennedy, but they might have met and this information may have have passed.

Does anyone know if the Lovell that the President name is a different person or if it is indeed Captain Lovell?

J.L
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posted 05-01-2013 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Probably Sir Bernard Lovell...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-01-2013 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed, to quote Stephen Smith's blog:
The "Lovell" mentioned by Kennedy was Sir Bernard Lovell, a prominent British astronomer who toured the Soviet space program in the summer of 1963. Lovell had met with leaders of the Soviet program, and concluded that a Moon mission was not a priority.

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