My Summer Lair featuring Todd Douglas Miller (Apollo 11)
Published on: March 12 2019
My Summer Lair Chapter #107: When You See The Moon What Do You Think About?
On September 12, 1962 President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech in the Rice University football stadium before 40,000 people. A brief excerpt.
“We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war.
I do not say that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of space any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea, but I do say that space can be explored and mastered without feeding the fires of war, without repeating the mistakes that man has made in extending his writ around this globe of ours.
We choose to go to the Moon!
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 we intend to win, and the others, too.”
Commander Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969 on the moon.
This is the powerful and inspiring documentary of how we left Earth.