Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics

History Day – Space

Summary: Over the course of Dole’s political career, the United States was expanding into outer space, exploring its potential for military, scientific, and technological advancements. The expansion of the space program began during the Cold War, when the United States had competing military interests with the USSR. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969, signaling US supremacy in space. Even after the USSR’s defeat, the space program continued to expand, with the International Space Station and Mars projects looming in the distance near the end of Dole’s career. Dole’s involvement with the Space Program is catalogued here.

Date Range: 1965 - 1996

Online materials: Correspondence, Booklets, Photographs, Newspaper Clippings, and Official Documentation

Additional materials: Photographs, Booklets, Objects, and additional materials

 

Title: Sen. Bob Dole speaking with astronaut Sally Ride and Sen. Paula Hawkins

Date: July 1983

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection, 1900-2009, Box 40, Folder 10, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Elizabeth & Bob Dole with astronaut Sally Ride and Sen. Paula Hawkins

Date: July 1983

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection, 1900-2009, Box 40, Folder 10, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Rear-view Discovery photo

Date: 1985-09-06

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection, 1900-2009, Box 49, Folder 33, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Space Shuttle Orbiter Discovery Crew Members

Date: c. 1985

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection, 1900-2009, Box 49, Folder 33, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Senator Dole and the Discovery Spacecraft Crew

Date: 1984-09-27

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection, 1900-2009, Box 50, Folder 2, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Bob Dole and astronaut Ronald Evans

Date: c. 1972

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection, 1900-2009, Box 50, Folder 33, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Dole with Hubble Telescope Crew

Date: c. 1990

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection, 1900-2009, Box 51, Folder 26, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Memorandum - To: Secretary Rumsfeld - From: Dave Smith - Subject: Mars

Date: 1996-08-22

Citation: Robert J. Dole Presidential Campaign Papers, 1988-1996, Box 164, Folder 29, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: North American Aviation Advertisement

Date: c. 1965-1966

Citation: Robert J. Dole House of Representatives Papers, 1960-1969, Box 61, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: "Heavy Lift Delta"

Date: c. 1988

Citation: Robert J. Dole Republican Leadership Collection, 1985-1996, Box 286, Folder 13, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: "NASA, Space Shuttle Mission STS-31 Press Kit"

Date: c. 1990-04

Citation: Robert J. Dole Republican Leadership Collection, 1985-1996, Box 286, Folder 16, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: National Space Council: 1990 Report to the President

Date: 1991-02-08

Citation: Robert J. Dole Republican Leadership Collection, 1985-1996, Box 286, Folder 18, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: "Space Station Freedom: A Foothold on the Future"

Date: c. 1989

Citation: Robert J. Dole Republican Leadership Collection, 1985-1996, Box 286, Folder 21, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: “Our Men on the Moon - Full Story of Mankind's Greatest Adventure”

Date: c. 1969

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Eugene Keck, UFO Expert

Date: 1970-03-12

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 6, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and S.H. Nelson, North American Rockwell

Date: 1972-06-14

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: "Blueprint for the Future"

Date: c. 1971

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Advisor Coen to Senator Dole Regarding Summary of Presidential Commission's Challenger Report

Date: 1986-07-09

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 179, Folder 1, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Office of Space Science & Applications - Congressional Staff Briefing

Date: 1989-02-08

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 344, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Richard H. Truly NASA Packet

Date: c. 1989

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 344, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: “Space Station Freedom”

Date: 1989-02-08

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 344, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: “The Soviet Space Challenge”

Date: c. 1987-11

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 344, Folder 8, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: “Nothing Succeeds Like Success” McDonnell Douglass Advertisement

Date: c. 1989

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 344, Folder 9, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Talking Points - U.S. Space Policy

Date: c. 1987-1988

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Personal/Political Files, 1969-1996, Box 82, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Buzz Aldrin's "Starcraft Worlds"

Date: c. 1987

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Personal/Political Files, 1969-1996, Box 82, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Dole wishes astronaut Sally Ride good luck

Date: 1983-06-17

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Press Related Materials, Box 26, Folder 2, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Eldon Steuri

Date: 1965-03-10

Citation: Robert J. Dole House of Representatives Papers, 1960-1969, Box 61, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: “That Great Junk Yard in the Sky”

Date: c. 1965-1966

Citation: Robert J. Dole House of Representatives Papers, 1960-1969, Box 61, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: “Kansan Dreams of Being First Man on the Moon”

Date: 1967-08-20

Citation: Robert J. Dole House of Representatives Papers, 1960-1969, Box 89, Folder 4, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: "The Exploration of Space" Landon Lecture Program

Date: 1990-12-12

Citation: Robert J. Dole Republican Leadership Collection, 1985-1996, Box 286, Folder 12, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Hutchinson Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center Expansion, Open Letter

Date: 1992-10-09

Citation: Robert J. Dole Republican Leadership Collection, 1985-1996, Box 380, Folder 22, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Kansas Space Shuttle Sight [sic]

Date: c. 1971

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 5, Folder 14, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: State Called Top Shuttle Prospect

Date: 1971-09-12

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 5, Folder 14, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Salina Wants Shuttle on Bomb Range

Date: 1971-08-21

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 5, Folder 14, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Chris Rone, Boy Scout

Date: 1975-06-02

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 2, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Clinton Bailey, 5th Grader

Date: 1969-11-11

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and David E. Warren, Songwriter

Date: 1969-09-08

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Mrs. Ray Stevens

Date: 1969-08-22

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Uel C. Ramey, Architect

Date: 1969-07-25

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Dr. Lorman Hoopes

Date: 1969-07-29

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Dr. Miriam R. Anver

Date: 1969-06-23

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and the Cadette Girl Scouts of Bird City KS, 1969-03-11

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Otis Smith, Boeing VP & GM

Date: 1972-11-29

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Rick Regorn, Eugene Russell

Date: 1971-04-22

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Dighton, KS 6th Graders

Date: 1972-04-19

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and William G. White

Date: 1971-07-09

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Jon Josserand

Date: 1971-02-18

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: ”Learjet Receives $24.5 Million Contract from Martin Marietta for Space Shuttle”

Date: 1988-12-21

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 344, Folder 9, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Dole Announces "Star Wars" Research Project to KU

Date: 1985-06-03

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Press Related Materials, Box 28, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Dole Applauds Grant Awarded to KU Space Technology Center

Date: 1985-06-21

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Press Related Materials, Box 28, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Washington Summit Meeting

Date: 1988-05-01

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection, 1900-2009, Box 34, Folder 45, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Bob Dole Speaking at Challenger Press Conference

Date: 1986-03-18

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection, 1900-2009, Box 61, Folder 20, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Bob Dole Speaking at Challenger Press Conference

Date: 1986-03-18

Citation: Dole Photograph Collection, 1900-2009, Box 61, Folder 20, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: “Cooperation for Safety in Space” (and Attached Correspondence between Senator Dole and Harold Luskin)

Date: 1967-06-30

Citation: Robert J. Dole House of Representatives Papers, 1960-1969, Box 89, Folder 4, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Laura Ruty, 9th Grader

Date: 1969-10-03

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and Mercedes Rosebery

Date: 1970-02-27

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 6, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Letter of Appreciation to Senator Dole from James Fletcher, NASA Administrator

Date: 1972-05-18

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Correspondence between Senator Dole and S.H. Nelson, North American Rockwell

Date: 1971-05-28

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: “North American Rockwell”

Date: c. 1971

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: "We can afford to lead in space . . . can we afford not to?" booklet with letter briefing

Date: 1971-05-04

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Constituent Relations, 1969-1996, Box 304, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Suggested Talking Points for Senator Robert Dole for Trip to Huntsville, Alabama

Date: c. 1986

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 179, Folder 1, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Advisor Coen to Senator Dole Regarding Challenger Talking Points, Huntsville

Date: 1986-05-26

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 179, Folder 1, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: The NASA Commercial Development of Space Program - Presentation to Congressional Staff

Date: 1989-02-08

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 344, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: NASA Commercial Programs - A Progress Report, 1988

Date: 1989-02-01

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 344, Folder 7, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Talking Points - U.S. Space Policy

Date: c. 1988

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 344, Folder 8, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Congressional Record - S. Res. 481, The Launch of the Discovery

Date: 1988-09-28

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 344, Folder 8, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: ”Space Station Plans Must Include Military Role”

Date: 1983-06-06

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 396, Folder 13, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: ”Military's Future in Space: A Matter of War or Peace”

Date: 1982-10-19

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 396, Folder 13, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: S. Con. Res. 45 – Religion & NASA

Date: 1969-11-04

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Legislative Relations, 1969-1996, Box 697, Folder 20, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Letter from Greg Schnacke to Senator Dole about Aldrin

Date: 1987-10-29

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Personal/Political Files, 1969-1996, Box 82, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: Letter from Jake Garn to Senator Dole about S. 407

Date: 1987-03-30

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Personal/Political Files, 1969-1996, Box 361, Folder 5, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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Title: “Challenger – One Year Later”

Date: 1987-01-28

Citation: Robert J. Dole Senate Papers-Press Related Materials, Box 30, Folder 3, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Archive and Special Collections, University of Kansas

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