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Old 2022-05-25, 13:50   #365
Dr Sardonicus
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On Thursday, May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a speech before the House of Representatives. Most of it was about the Cold War. However, there was one bit near the end that became better remembered:
I therefore ask the Congress, above and beyond the increases I have earlier requested for space activities, to provide the funds which are needed to meet the following national goals:

First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.

No single space project in this period will be more exciting, or more impressive, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.
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