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Petition from Henry Stoner Regarding the Success of Ranger VII’s Photographic Flight, August 4, 1964

Petition from Henry Stoner Regarding the Success of Ranger VII’s Photographic Flight, August 4, 1964

Ranger VII turned President Kennedy’s distant goal into a technical possibility in the minds of many Americans. This petition from Henry Stoner, suggests how “great projects” like Ranger VII could serve as an alternate focus of public attention from the civil unrest of the 1960’s and the crippling politicization of the Cold War. Stoner petitioned the House of Representatives to officially congratulate NASA for their successful Ranger flight.

RG 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives

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