- WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection
- Series WSB-TV newsflim clips of Dwight D. Eisenhower congratulating the Soviets on Sputnik and commenting on Project Vanguard and the U.S. ballistic missile program, Washington, D.C., 1957 October 9
- WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
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- Sputnik satellites
Ballistic missile defenses--United States
Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
- United States, District of Columbia, Washington, 38.907192, -77.036871
- In this series of WSB-TV newsflim clips from Washington D.C. on October 9, 1957, Dwight D. Eisenhower congratulates the Soviets on Sputnik and comments on Project Vanguard and the U.S. ballistic missile program. The series of clips opens on an exterior shot of the White House then switches to President Dwight D. Eisenhower standing at a podium in front of the Presidential seal. He puts his glasses on and then the camera zooms in on him. His speech is transcribed in full below:
"As to the Soviet satellite, we congratulate Soviet scientists upon putting a satellite into orbit. The United States satellite program has been designed from its inception for maximum results in scientific research. [Here the camera pans away to a bank of video cameras then back to Eisenhower.] The rocketry employed by our Naval Research Laboratory for launching our Vanguard has been deliberately separated from our ballistic missile efforts in order first to accent the scientific purposes of the satellite, and second to avoid interference with top priority missile programs. Merging of this scientific effort with military programs could have produced an orbiting United States satellite before now, but to the detriment of scientific goals and military progress. Vanguard, for the reasons indicated, has not had equal priority with that accorded our ballistic missile work. Speed of progress in the satellite project cannot be taken as an index of our progress in ballistics missile work. [Here the camera cuts to a man looking through a video camera and then cuts back to Eisenhower.] I consider our country's satellite program to be well-designed and properly scheduled to achieve the scientific purposes for which it was initiated. We are, therefore, carrying the program forward in keeping with our arrangement with the international scientific community."
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Clip number: wsbn3364933649
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- Cite as: wsbn3364933649, Series WSB-TV newsflim clips of Dwight D. Eisenhower congratulating the Soviets on Sputnik and commenting on Project Vanguard and the U.S. ballistic missile program, Washington, D.C., 1957 October 9, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0749, 29:21/31:03, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga
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- Original found in the WSB-TV newsfilm collection.
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- Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection