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President Johnson Watches Saturn Rocket Launch

President Johnson Watches Saturn Rocket Launch

Photographer
Abbie Rowe
Date of Work
January 29, 1964
Credit
National Archives and Records Administration

President Johnson Watches Saturn Rocket Launch

In this photograph, taken on January 29, 1964 by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service, President Lyndon B. Johnson watches the launch of the fifth Saturn I rocket in the Oval Office with special assistants Jack Valenti and Bill Moyers seen standing to the right of the president. The nineteen-ton second stage of the vehicle became the heaviest satellite ever orbited at that time. The Saturn rockets would become integral to the U.S. space program and the Apollo missions that
landed the first humans on the moon.