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NASA Honors Human Spaceflight Achievements at Kennedy Center Concert
05.26.11
 
NASA honored a half-century of American achievements in human spaceflight with a concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington on May 25, 2011. The musical celebration, "Human Spaceflight: the Kennedy Legacy," came on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's speech to Congress when he challenged our nation to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth.

The one-hour concert featured the Space Philharmonic under the baton of Emil de Cou, as well as performances by a local high school choir from Fairfax, Va., the Soldier's Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, and special guests, including surprise performer, Grammy-award winner, Herbie Hancock.

All musical selections were set to NASA imagery projected on a large screen behind the performers.


Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

Bolden (:29):   I was a teenager when President Kennedy delivered his charge to Congress to land a man on the moon and return him safely.  But those words sparked my imagination as they did for millions.  We recently completed construction of the International Space Station and today we stand at the door to closing the incredible,  incredible thirty year Space Shuttle era - a great adventure of unprecedented international cooperation in low Earth orbit.
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Lori Garver, NASA Deputy Administrator

Garver (:08):  At NASA we’re developing the cababilities to advance our nation and our civilization even further. 
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Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy, Jr.

Kennedy (:28)  To be here at The Kennedy Center with so many friends from NASA watching that amazing footage of the space program since the 1960s and the late 1950s – the music celebration.  Of course, being able to watch my son, Ted Kennedy III on stage conducting with that amazing orchestra was a thrill of a lifetime. 
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June Lockhart, “Dr. Maureen Robinson”/”Lost in Space’”

Lockhart  (:21)  Well of course you know I was here two years ago for the 40th Anniversary of the landing on the moon and so to be invited back tonight was glorious and I feel so much a part of NASA and to be invited back to participate was wonderful.  I loved it, really. 
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Herbie Hancock, Grammy-winning Musician

Hancock (:08)  You know, before I leave this planet I’m going to see many more technological marvels happen through NASA.
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Nichelle Nichols, “Lt. Uhura”/”Star Trek”

 Nichols (:15)  We’ll go to Mars.  I think that some people who will be going will probably stay there.  But we’re going to open up this universe and enjoy it instead of just looking at the stars. 
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