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• Lyndon B. Johnson
Message to the Apollo 7 Astronauts
October 11, 1968
Congratulations on the splendid beginning of this Apollo 7 flight. The Nation is proud of you and of the many in NASA, the Services, and the private companies which have combined to make such a successful manned space flight team.

Everything in the President's office came to a halt as Foreign Minister Debre of France and I watched with mounting excitement the magnificent launch of the Saturn 1B. You can well imagine the great pleasure which filled the room as word came of your successful insertion into orbit.

The path to the moon takes courage, ability, and devotion to our goals. You are making a major stride on this star-studded way.

Citation: Lyndon B. Johnson: "Message to the Apollo 7 Astronauts", October 11, 1968. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
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