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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Anniversary of Kennedy's Speech about Space

On May 25, 1961 President John F Kennedy announced the goal of landing a man on the Moon before a joint session of Congress. When he made the speech, America had a 39% success rate and had spent a total of 15 minutes in space.

"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 the Earth."

Of course, America did commit itself to that and reached the goal, with a few months to spare, in July of 1969.

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