SPACE: The Prematurely Grey Mare

The President of the U.S. personally untangled some of the reins of that prematurely grey mare, the U.S. space program, last week. In doing so, he created a wonder that the thing had ever moved at all. And he notably missed a chance to give it a sharp slap on the rump and get it headed somewhere.

After an hour-long conference with his top space advisers, Dwight Eisenhower i) finally terminated the space mission of the Army, thus cutting down by one the roster of overlapping U.S. space agencies (TIME, Oct. 19), and...

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