President Kennedy addressing a crowd at Rice University’s stadium in Houston on September 12, 1962. CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images
in front of 40,000 spectators on September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy predicted that the United States will send astronauts to the moon before the end of the decade.
He questioned the audience, “But why, some say, the moon.” We chose to go to the moon. We chose to travel to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are simple but because they are hard. They may easily question why climb the tallest peak, why fly across the Atlantic 35 years ago, or why Rice plays Texas.
Since Kennedy’s address 60 years ago, space exploration has greatly advanced our understanding of the universe and our place within it.
NASA is set to return to the moon for the first time in 50 years, this time to stay, as it gets ready to launch the Artemis 1 mission on August 29.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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