Letter From President John F. Kennedy

    President John F. Kennedy at Rice University."The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join it or not, and it is one of the greatest adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space…

    We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for all people…

    We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because the goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills..."

    President John F. Kennedy
    Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Effort
    September 12, 1962