The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 375
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NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center
in increased retail sales." The Texas National Bank, which
sponsored an economic survey called "The Houston Orbit," went
even further. Within fifty years, it believed, the Bay-Channel area
around the Manned Spacecraft Center would have a million
people in it; at the same time, Greater Houston would swell to
an enormous 7.8 million people, whose income and business and
technical activities would involve billions of dollars."
There were other predictions, too, predictions that Houston
would one day become the nation's leading scientific-industrial
community. Some even went beyond that as men's imaginations
soared, and their minds peered far into the future. To Hous-
tonians at large, there seemed virtually no end to the possibilities
created by the Manned Spacecraft Center and by the innova-
tions which it inspired in community building, related industry,
and supporting research. Looking ahead with irrevocable expec-
tation, a booming Texas metropolis, excited beyond memory,
stimulated as it had never been before, moved inexorably across
the bridge of mid-century into the inordinate frontiers of a new
Time--a Time when man would leave the planet of his birth
and reach out, beyond, into the distant splendor of the stars
"Ibid. (June, 1962), 24.
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