Attributed to Dean Conger (American, b. 1927)
President Kennedy congratulates astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space, and decides to go to the Moon, May 8, 1961. Vintage gelatin silver print, image size 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (18.9 x 24.0 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Minor wear at corners of sheet.
N.B. President Kennedy presents Shepard with the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in a ceremony on the White House lawn. Shepard's wife and mother were in attendance, as well as the other six Mercury astronauts and NASA officials. Two weeks later, Kennedy would deliver the celebrated speech describing his goals for the nation's space effort in front of Congress: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
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