transmitting today the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and EighteenthSemi-Annual Reports
the National Aeronautics and Space Adminis-tration covering the period between July
The events recorded here are both tragic and encouraging
inspiring.The eighteen-month period saw success and failure and then successagain as
proud agency moved forward with renewed determination.The Gemini missions were completed
trans-mitted thousands of clear pictures
new communicationsand meteorological satellites were orbited.Then came tragedy. Three brave American astronauts were killed
the Apollo fire.
stunned, NASA then went to work to overcome the flawsin the Apollo system.
impetus was restored to this crucial part
our space effort. Other great space achievements followed such as theApollo
commend these reports to your attention. They contain,
believe,concrete evidence that NASA
moving forward, and that America
the worldwide effort
conquer space for thebenefit