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Remembering September 12, 1962

12 Sep 2012, 16:12 UTC
Remembering September 12, 1962
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Exactly a half-century ago today, President John F. Kennedy declared in a landmark speech America’s rationale for achieving the impossible: Going to the Moon. And it is in this speech, which we commemmorate on the day after another anniversary marked by such tragedy, in a social climate today burdened with so much loss, strife, and economic depression, [...]

JFK at Rice University, Sept 12, 1962.
Exactly a half-century ago today, President John F. Kennedy declared in a landmark speech America’s rationale for achieving the impossible: Going to the Moon.
And it is in this speech, which we commemmorate on the day after another anniversary marked by such tragedy, in a social climate today burdened with so much loss, strife, and economic depression, that we can draw inspiration and hope for the future.
Unlike our opponents at the time, Kennedy’s message was a message of freedom and peace in space. And to ensure it, he had to sell it to the American people.
Remarkably, with as relevant as his words continue to be, he could very well have been speaking to the America of today:
“… [T]his country of the United States was not built by those who ...

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