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In a speech to the United Nations, President John F. Kennedy softened the rhetoric of the “space race” by proposing a US-Soviet joint mission to the moon, much to the surprise of both nations. In 1961, Kennedy had promised to beat the Soviets to the moon. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas just two months after delivering this speech. His successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson, nixed the idea of US-Soviet cooperation, and NASA’s Apollo 12 mission successfully landed on the moon in 1969.
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