But when Kennedy took office in 1961, he apparently saw an opportunity.
USIA Acting Director Donald Wilson said in the book. that Kennedy was “a man who perhaps better than any other president in our history, understood how foreign opinion worked, what moulded it, what shaped it and how to shape it”.
And that meant doing things differently to the USSR.
Dr Muir-Harmony adds: “The Soviet Union was relatively closed about what they were launching, when they were launching it and their technology.
“The US took a different tack, inviting the press to cover launches and sending spacecraft around the world.”
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