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After dinner, Pat Nixon led a tour through the White House and the Executive Office Building next door. When the crew had interacted with the First Lady at the August 13 banquet, they had found her distant and stiff. ” The three astronauts and their wives then spent the night at the White House. A few weeks later, “Giant Step” would 30 A f t e r A p o l l o? be resumed for a t wo-day trip to Canada, but the White House evening provided a satisfying conclusion to the mission of Apollo 11 and its immediate aftermath.
He did so skillfully, personally orchestrating his engagement with the lunar landing and its aftermath. Nixon took some significant risks along the way. S. determination to maintain global leadership might not have been so potent a symbol. But NASA delivered extraordinary results in carrying out the first landing on another celestial body, and Richard Nixon was able to leverage that success to a major strategic triumph for the United States. Chapter 2 Setting the Post-Apollo Stage W hile Richard Nixon’s involvement with the Apollo 11 mission provided the background to the first steps in the process of deciding what the United States would do in space after reaching the Moon, it did not create the positive momentum needed to overcome both skepticism on the part of those advising the new president about the value of continuing a fast-paced and expensive program of space activities after Apollo and the reality that NASA was ill-prepared to face its future.
Those footprints belong to each and every one of you, to all of mankind, and they are there because of the blood, the sweat, and the tears of millions of people. Highly emotional and patriotic R i c h a r d N i xo n an d A p o llo 11 27 evening that completely succeeded in meeting all the P’s objectives. ”41 “Giant Step”: the Apollo 11 World Tour Although both NASA and the White House certainly expected that at some point after their mission the Apollo 11 crew would embark on an international tour, there were no concrete plans for such a junket in place at the time of the Apollo 11 gala dinner.