Space: Some Earthier Problems

To the moon-eyed whiz kid from RCA, there seemed no insurmountable challenge in straw-bossing the U.S.'s $20 billion man-in-space program. "I think I'm up to it," said Brainerd Holmes, 42, when he took over as Director of Manned Space Flight for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1961. NASA Boss James Webb heartily concurred and said: "He has every quality it takes to get the job done." And so it seemed. Under Holmes's guidance, the U.S. launched five successful manned flights, developed detailed plans for a race to the moon and opened the massive new Manned...

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