8. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the Soviet Union0

1724. Deliver following message to Khrushchev from the President. Message being released 2:00 p.m. April 12 Washington time.

"The people of the United States share with the people of the Soviet Union their satisfaction for the safe flight of the astronaut in man’s first venture into space. We congratulate you and the Soviet scientists and engineers who made this feat possible. It is my sincere desire that in the continuing quest for knowledge of outer space our nations can work together to obtain the greatest benefit to mankind.

John F. Kennedy"

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  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 711.11-KE/2-1261. Official Use Only; Niact. Drafted at the White House. Also printed in Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States:John F. Kennedy, 1961, p. 257.