Today marks the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s famous speech in which he outlined America’s goal to put a man on the moon – a turning point in America’s space program.
The President’s speech, in which he stated:
“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.”
jump-started America’s Apollo program, which would ultimately achieve this stated goal.
Evidently, in spite of his public statements to the contrary, the President had little faith in the burgeoning space program.
“I don’t think the space program has much political positives.”
However, competition with the Russians and the public excitement it invoked kept NASA funded and the Apollo program moving forward.