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LM-12
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posted 11-16-2013 06:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Florida Today has this article about the final JFK visit to Cape Canaveral 50 years ago today.
Kennedy himself had begun to express some doubts privately, had recently proposed cooperating on moon missions with the Soviet Union and was awaiting the results of a high-level review of the nation's military and civil space programs.

"So this was Kennedy preparing to make a decision on whether to continue with the Apollo program or not," said historian John Logsdon, author of "John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon." "And I think this visit rekindled his enthusiasm for the program."

onesmallstep
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posted 11-18-2013 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And on the day before his death, JFK visited Brooks AFB in San Antonio, TX to dedicate the new Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, with a mockup of the X-20 Dyna-Soar as a stage prop.

It was his last official act as president. He also went inside to talk to some test subjects sealed inside a hypobaric chamber, telling them they were helping future research in spaceflight.

LM-12
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posted 11-18-2013 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a photo of JFK with Gus Grissom and Gordon Cooper at Cape Canaveral in November 1963.

micropooz
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posted 11-18-2013 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a cover for JFK's final visit to the Cape:

It's a Bob Rank Velvet Cachet hand cancelled at the Cape on Nov. 16, 1963, from the collection of the late Jane Beville.

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 11-19-2013 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have Guenter Wendt's security badge from that visit on November 16. It's one of my most prized artifacts.

J.L
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posted 11-19-2013 10:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And I have one that was used by a NASA photographer that day.

LM-12
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posted 11-19-2013 11:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The KSC 50th Anniversary Poster series includes one poster on the visits by President Kennedy to Cape Canaveral.
President John F. Kennedy visited Cape Canaveral on three separate occasions, twice in 1962 and November 16, 1963. He presided over a Project Mercury ceremony to award John Glenn the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, toured the Launch Operations Center complexes and rode in a helicopter over the Merritt Island Launch Area, which was under construction to support the Apollo Program. On November 29, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson renamed the Launch Operations Center the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

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posted 12-09-2013 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
White House press release three days prior to that Cape visit.

LM-12
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posted 12-09-2013 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The USS Andrew Jackson was a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine.

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