Dr. Thomas Paine, the head of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),?
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CU NASA Administrator Dr. Thomas Paine
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Library film Paine talking about the space programme (April 1970).
TRANSCRIPT: PAINE: "We are in the first 12 years of the entire space programme. It was only a couple of weeks ago that the old first satellite America put up re-entered, so in this period of time all the advances that have been made have occurred. I would like to point out also that, in the course of this progress in Mercury, in Gemini, in Apollo. American astronauts have flown 66 million miles and we have yet to lose an astronaut in space. So we are pressing on because we are still at the beginning of mans conquest of space. Just as in the early days of aviation, we will have accidents occasionally. We hope that with modern technology at our disposal that the results of these can be minimised, that the loss of human life can be minimised, and that we will indeed learn how man can sail on this new ocean of space -- use it for practical applications, use it for new science, and use it to advance our technology.
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Background: Dr. Thomas Paine, the head of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), resigned on Tuesday (28 July). The 49-year-old administrator who guided the agency from March 1969 to land the first man on the moon will return to private life as an executive of the General Electric Company.
Dr. Paine stated on Tuesday that his resignation, which has been accepted by President Nixon, had nothing to do with sharp cutbacks in space spending. The President has thanked Dr. Paine for his work with Nasa and described his leadership as "outstanding".
Speaking in April this year Dr. Paine commented on the space programme....