Lyndon B. Johnson’s space legacy lives on, 50 years after his death

Ask the average person, let alone a space enthusiast, to name the U.S. politician who earned the title “Mr. Space,” and Lyndon B. Johnson is not likely to be their first reply.

Before becoming vice president and president of the United States, Johnson took a leadership role in shaping the country’s space policy in the opening weeks of the space Age. As the majority leader in the Senate, he helped form the response to the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik, the world’s first satellite, in 1957.

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