Square Wheels Posted November 22, 2013 Share #1 Posted November 22, 2013 On May 25, 1961, Kennedy stood before a Joint Session of Congress and set a goal of "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth" by the end of the decade. "No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind or more important for the long-range exploration of space," Kennedy said. He asked Congress for $7 billion to $9 billion to fund the space program. Even though the first moon landing did not occur until 1969, Kennedy's speech transformed NASA and the space program. If there is room for a couple more presidents to join Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt up on Mount Rushmore, Kennedy deserves to be included. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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