TLS signed “Edward H. White II,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, October 29, 1963. Letter to J. Duane Upton, in part: "There is much that can be said about current attempts to explore the universe, but I believe our space program will be the greatest 20th Century guiding influence on mankind’s destiny. It will affect everyone in some way. The biggest noticeable influence today is on the children. It is a good influence and will harvest a rich crop in the future. I appreciate your asking for my comments and hope you will find them suitable for inclusion in your collection." In fine condition. An exquisite letter offering an insightful view of the 'Space Race' by one of America's most significant early astronauts. White became the first American to perform a spacewalk in 1965, and would be killed in the tragic Apollo 1 fire—his sacrifice led directly to many of the safety measures put in place for the moon landing missions. The phenomenal content of this letter rings true today—the American space program not only drove major advances in technology, but offered inspiration for children around the world.
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