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(Updated 26 February 2013)

Presidential Speeches / Statements / Memorandums

Telegram sent by Richard Nixon to the Apollo 11 Astronauts on the Eve of the Launch (1969)

Nixon's telephone conversation with the Apollo 11 CDR and LMP on the Moon (1969)

Nixon's speech if the Apollo 11 Astronauts Fail to Return (1969) (PDF)

Nixon's remarks with the Apollo 11 Astronauts on USS Hornet and the Chaplain's prayer (1969)

Nixon's telephone conversation with the Apollo 12 crew after splashdown (1969)

Nixon's statement on the completion of Apollo 12 (1969)
Nixon's statement on the return of the Apollo 13 Astronauts (1970)

Nixon's remarks on announcement of plans to award the Medal of Freedom to the Apollo 13 astronauts and MOT (1970)
Nixon's remarks while presenting the Medal of Freedom to the Apollo 13 Mission Operations Team (1970)
Nixon's remarks while presenting the Medal of Freedom to the Apollo 13 Astronauts (1970)

Caspar Weinberger's Memorandum on the future of NASA to Nixon (1971) (430 kb PDF)

Nixon's statement announcing the decision to proceed with development of the Space Shuttle (1972)

Nixon's statement on the 1st Anniversary of Apollo 11 (1970)
Carter's statement on the 10th Anniversary of Apollo 11 (1979)
Bush I's statement on the 20th Anniversary of Apollo 11 (1989)
Clinton's statement on the 25th Anniversary of Apollo 11 (1994)
Obama's statement on the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 (2009)

Non-Presidental, Speeches and Statements

“MSFC's Ground Rules and basic Philosophy for Time Scheduling” paper from von Braun to Brainerd Holmes (4 September 1962)
The Saturn Launch Vehicle Family by W.A. Mrazek (June 1966) (PDF)
Remarks by George Mueller Head of the Office of Manned Space Flight following Apollo 11's Splashdown (July 1969)
Bill from Grumman to North American Rockwell following Apollo 13 for “Towing Charges” (17 April 1970) (JPG original from NASAWatch)