Space, Political Ambitions Intersect

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Politics played midwife to the birth of the U.S. space program in the 1950s, when Soviet scientists were launching the first satellite and the first manned space flight. In the 1960s, NASA's moon missions were hailed by triumphant U.S. presidents. And today President Bush's talk of going to Mars was seen in the same context. NPR's Larry Abramson reports.

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