PRESIDENT Richard Nixon, says his friend, Astronaut Frank Borman, likes to describe himself as a space "activist." Nixon's activism will soon be tested. Eagle had hardly lifted off the Sea of Tranquillity when the very success of Apollo 11 heightened the controversy over what role the space program should take in the future. Vice President Spiro Agnew wants the U.S. to aim at putting a man on Mars by the year 2000, and NASA already has on hand a plethora of ambitious projects that should keep it busy through 1985. Critics like Housing and...

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