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"I believe this thoroughly, and I've said it many times--that we ought to approach scientific explorations into space in a scientific--not a showmanship--way. Let's not take a matter that's purely scientific in its character and it its objectives and make it suddenly a competition with some other nation--or make it a stunt. I don't believe in spectaculars."  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 1963

Abilene, Kan. - The next monthly virtual Lunch & Learn program will be Tuesday, November 16 at noon central time.

NASA Johnson Space Center Historian Jennifer Ross-Nazzal addresses the subject of Eisenhower and the space program. Her talk explores the launch of Sputnik and its impact upon the United States and the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower. She will explore how his response left him politically vulnerable and forced to create NASA. In doing so, Eisenhower created the space race he never wanted and the Apollo Program.  

Dr. Ross-Nazzal has served as the JSC Historian since 2004. She holds the unique distinction of being a scholar of NASA history and women’s history. She is an accomplished oral historian and author of many articles on NASA, the Space Shuttle, and woman suffrage. In 2011, she published her first book, Winning the West for Women, a biography of suffragist, Emma Smith DeVoe. Her latest manuscript, Making Space for Women, focuses on the history of JSC through the experiences of its female employees and will be published later on this month by the Texas A&M Press. 

Google Meet URL:
Phone: 617-675-4444‬ (PIN: ‪927 598 692 1481‬#)
[Please join 10 minutes early so the program may begin on time.]

The 2021 Lunch & Learn series is made possible courtesy of the Eisenhower Foundation with generous support from the Jeffcoat Foundation.

About the Eisenhower Presidential Library

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is one of 15 Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. They preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. Public programs and exhibits at the Eisenhower Presidential Library are made possible in part through the generous support of the Eisenhower Foundation. To learn more, visit