May 25th and that Crazy Moon Speech

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin photographed by Neil Arm...

Many of use 'Boomers' remember the Kennedy years and the race to get a man on the Moon. I read something the other day on the anniversary (May 25th) of Kennedy's famous Moon Speech that really struck me. Seems that NASA, let alone Kennedy, had no idea at the time about how to do it!

Kennedy needed something hopeful and positive after the Bay of Pigs disaster and the clear sentiment that the U.S. was way behind in the Space Race. You can read Kennedy's words in a different light with that knowledge:

"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 that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."

So let's celebrate the date and the spirit! To see the whole article, go to:

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