Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Moon Speech

On September 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy explained why "we choose to go to the moon" to a crowd of 40,000 at Rice University. 
Wed September 12, 2012 7:00 pm
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Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy ascended a podium at Rice University in front of a crowd of 40,000 and described America’s quest to go to the moon as the “the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked:”

But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

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.

And 6 years, 10 months, 9 days later, Neil Armstrong became the first of twelve men to walk on the moon’s surface. (Armstrong passed away last

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