Quote by John F. Kennedy: “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and ...”
JFK's famous 'we choose to go to the moon' speech will make you believe you can do anything
Skip to content. As a speechwriter at the National Air and Space Museum, I have always been fascinated by looking at great moments in history through the lens of the speeches that were delivered to rousing applause, somber contemplation, or something in between. So, with the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing upon us, it is interesting to look at the speeches that led to that moment. Within days of the Soviet achievement, President John F. Rather, it was about why it was important that the first steps on the Moon be those of an American. The speech then laid out the path forward, should the United States embark on this journey.
Press contact: Rachel Flor Rachel. JFK Moonshot immerses users in the Apollo 11 mission from with a first-ever full-scale recreation of the ft Saturn V Rocket that can be seen with the app on its landing pad outside of the JFK Library in Boston beginning today. Users who cannot visit the JFK Library, will be able to relive the launch anywhere in the world on July 16 with a tabletop version of the AR Apollo 11 rocket.
Our special Apollo 50 anniversary coverage explores how the country came together to fulfill President John F. His goal, he said, was for the United States to land on the moon by the end of the decade. Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic?
Kennedy about the effort to reach the Moon to a large crowd gathered at Rice Stadium in Houston , Texas, on September 12, The speech was intended to persuade the American people to support the Apollo program , the national effort to land a man on the Moon. In his speech, Kennedy characterized space as a new frontier, invoking the pioneer spirit that dominated American folklore. He infused the speech with a sense of urgency and destiny, and emphasized the freedom enjoyed by Americans to choose their destiny rather than have it chosen for them. Although he called for competition with the Soviet Union , he also proposed making the Moon landing a joint project. The speech resonated widely and is still remembered, although at the time there was disquiet about the cost and value of the Moon-landing effort. Kennedy's goal was realized in July , with the successful Apollo 11 mission.
Editor's Note: This article is part of a series reflecting on the Apollo 11 mission, 50 years later. Fifty years after Neil Armstrong took that first step, the moon landing sticks in the public imagination as one of the most important moments in human history. But as is often the case with collective memory, its meaning splits in more than one direction. It was a beautiful adventure that inspired people around the globe; it was a rushed, deadly effort by one nation to best another. The inhabitants of one world tore away from its gravity and leapt toward that of another.