NASA HISTORY: John F. Kennedy Challenges NASA To Visit the Moon In 1961
By NASA // May 25, 2016
May 25, 1961
ABOVE VIDEO: Fifty-five years ago today, on May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered his “Urgent National Needs” speech before Congress.
(NASA) – Fifty-five years ago today, on May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered his “Urgent National Needs” speech before Congress.
In part he said:
“Since early in my term, our efforts in space have been under review. With the advice of the Vice President, who is Chairman of the National Space Council, we have examined where we are strong and where we are not, where we may succeed and where we may not.
Now it is time to take longer strides–time for a great new American enterprise–time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on Earth.”