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Once Upon A Time …

By Keith Cowing
May 25, 2011
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NASA Commemorates Moonshot Moment’s Golden Anniversary Agency Looks to the Future and Beyond Low-Earth Orbit
“Fifty years ago, a young president struggling with deepening international issues set a fledgling space agency on a course that would change the history of human exploration. NASA commemorates President John F. Kennedy’s historic speech that sent humans safely to the moon with a series of activities and a commitment to continue the journey of discovery and exploration that started with a desperate race into space.”
Message from the NASA Administrator: Reaching for New Heights
“It is hard to imagine that just 50 years ago, a young and vibrant President challenged a worried nation to reach for the seemingly impossible goal of landing humans on the moon and returning them safely to Earth. I was a teenager when President John F. Kennedy delivered his charge to Congress and the American people, but those words sparked my imagination, as they did for the millions of others who watched.”
Did Kennedy Privately Denigrate the Moon Shot?, Science
“But this looks like a hell of a lot of dough to go to the moon when you can go — you can learn most of that you want scientifically through instruments and putting a man on the moon really is a stunt and it isn’t worth that many billions,” Kennedy told James Webb, the head of NASA, on Sept. 18, 1963, just over two months before the president was assassinated in Dallas.”

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