Here we are July 16, the 40th anniversery of what I consider the single most important thing mankind has ever done. Nasa sent Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins into space to land on the moon and return to Earth. That in my book is cool. Sadly I have a feeling this will go mostly unnoticed by the American media since it dosn’t involve an untalented dead drug addict. I also hate to say it but it only reminds me how far NASA has fallen. Those in charge appear more concerned about keeping their jobs than doing something worth doing. HELLO! CAN WE GET BACK TO THE MOON ALREADY.
I really am not much for words and if I was was it would probably just turn into NASA bashing. So I’ll let President Kennedy finish for me.
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.
It is for these reasons that I regard the decision last year to shift our efforts in space from low to high gear as among the most important decisions that will be made during my incumbency in the office of the Presidency.
Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, “Because it is there.”
Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.
John F. Kennedy – September 12, 1962