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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Eugene Kinkead, New Yorker Magazine Annotation pdf (50,218 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Eugene Kinkead, New Yorker Magazine
Description:
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (50,218 Bytes)
Date:
1959-09-16 (September 16, 1959)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Kinkead, Eugene
New Yorker Magazine
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence C
Box Number: 11
Folder Number: 148
Unique Identifier:
BBAJVK
Accession Number:
16
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1953-1960
Folder: Kinkead, Eugene
Transcript:
To: Kinkead
Sep 16 1959
Nothing special.
I heard a report that the Russians claim to have decontaminated Lunsik II and I hope this is correct. They claim to have ensured the safe landing of their marker plaques and if so this would indicate that microorganisms would not necessarily be automatically destroyed by impact.
This is obviously just the beginning of interplanetary commerce. A moonfall is more of a stunt and less scientifically valuable than a graze or an orbit around the moon would be. Now that one side has earned rightful plandits for the achievement I hope future missions on both sides will be devoted less to astronatics [sic] and more to solid science. On this general theme, which may be the most important "story" on US space efforts, see encl.
Cordially
J.L.
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW: planetary quarantine; NASA;

Russians claim to have decontaminated Lunik II.

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