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Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964, Vice-President and Chairman of the National Space Council

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Vice President Johnson Was Assigned the Task of Unifying the U.S. Satellite Programs
June 24, 1961

Under Vice President Johnson, the National Space Council recommended that National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provide policy coordination with all government agencies involved in space flight. NASA established its command and control center, the Manned Spacecraft Center (now known as the Johnson Space Center), in Houston, in Johnson's home state of Texas.

The U.S. space program had two main goals: one, develop a system of unmanned satellites that would orbit the earth and provide global telecommunications; and two, pursue manned and unmanned space exploration. Working toward both goals, NASA truly launched the U.S. into the space age.

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