On this day in 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered the famous speech that would set the course for NASA’s mission to the Moon. “We choose to go to the Moon,” he declared to a stadium of spectators at Rice University in Houston. “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade...” NASA made good on his promise in July 1969.
The 1962 speech was delivered to inspire--and to elevate space exploration to a national priority. Kennedy had tripled the 1961 space budget to ensure the United States pulled ahead of the Soviet Union in the space race, and he argued that the spending was justified in pursuit of new frontiers. He promised the effort would yield new knowledge, new technologies, and new ways of learning, mapping, and observing our universe.
He also predicted that Houston--which he called “a city noted for progress, in a state noted for strength”--would become “the heart of a large scientific and engineering community.” As Houston faced the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey last month, its central role in space exploration and advancing scientific knowledge was underscored yet again. Flight controllers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which operates the International Space Station, camped out at Mission Control through the storm and its aftermath to make sure that the international research mission above Earth continued without disruption.
There's a very important line from that speech; "...we choose to go, not because it is easy, but because it is hard."
I hope one day we can look back on Trump's presidency in the same way do Kennedy's. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
And yet nobody has set foot on the moon till this day
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