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President Eisenhower and the Space Program
President Eisenhower was not a proponent of future manned missions to the Moon. He believed that this couldn't be justified in light of starvation existing in the world. He didn't take into consideration the minuet fraction such spending would compare to the total of the world's total economic and natural resources. It was possible to have great progress in both areas, without one interfering with the other. He also didn't take into consideration the many technological benefits to mankind that would come from such technological progress.
President Eisenhower did recognize the need to have astronauts in space. He oversaw the creation of NASA, and initiated Project Mercury. He believed that successful NASA manned spaceflight efforts would distract international focus on U.S. military space activities.