Space: Moon Spat

President Kennedy last week treated himself to a two-day tour of key U.S. space installations. It popped his eyes, rattled his ears, and left him obviously inspired—except for a disputatious outbreak of the sort that has been plaguing the nation's space effort all along.

At Cape Canaveral Kennedy saw the towering, 2,800-ton service structure that will eventually house the Saturn III, the most powerful space vehicle yet off U.S. drawing boards. At the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center at Huntsville, Ala.. Rocket Expert Wernher von Braun gave the President a 30-second static test blast from one of the...

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