Did you know that On November 12, 1963 President John F. Kennedy began the process to end the Cold War by establishing a joint space program with Russia. 10 days later he was dead.

YOUR PERCEPTION IS NOT REALITY

COLD WAR 1111111111111DRAFT OF NATIONAL SECURITY ACTION MEMORANDUM NO. 271


CONFIDENTIAL

November 12, 1963

NATIONAL SECURITY ACTION MEMORANDUM NO. 271

MEMORANDUM FOR

The Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

SUBJECT: Cooperation with the USSR on Outer Space Matters

I would like you to assume personally the initiative and central responsibility within the Government for the development of a program of substantive cooperation with the Soviet Union in the field of outer space, including the development of specific technical proposals. I assume that you will work closely with the Department of State and other agencies as appropriate.

These proposals should be developed with a view of their possible discussion with the Soviet Union as a direct outcome of my September 20 proposal for broader cooperation between the United States and the USSR in outer space, including cooperation in lunar landing programs. All proposals or suggestions originating within the Government relating to this general…

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