JFK’s Moonshot: Then and Now

JFK’s Moonshot: Then and Now


[APPLAUSE] JOHN F KENNEDY: But
why, some say, 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. LAURIE LESHIN: When
President Kennedy said, we’re going to the
moon, we’re doing it by the end of this
decade, and we’re going to bring
people back safely, NASA literally didn’t know how
they were going to do that. MARIA ZUBER: He spoke
with such conviction. And believing that something
is possible is 9/10 of the way there. CAROLINE KENNEDY:
President Kennedy knew that by uniting Americans
in a common goal that would advance democracy,
he would inspire American excellence in science,
technology, engineering, but also imagination,
dedication, courage, and patriotism. In doing so, he changed
the course of history and improved the lives
of people on Earth. JOHN F KENNEDY: I do. [APPLAUSE] MICHAEL COLLINS: You know,
when I think of post-Apollo 11, I think of that 29-day,
whatever it was, jaunt that Neil and Buzz
and I took around the world. And instead of people saying,
oh, you Americans finally did it, way to go, everywhere we
went, unanimously people said, we did it. TRACEY CALDWELL DYSON:
The most exciting parts about the space station
is sharing it with others. KOICHI WAKATA: This program,
the International Space Station program, is a
15-country endeavor. And we can share the output
of the science and technology. I still remember vividly
the Apollo 11 lunar landing when I was five years old. The Apollo achievement, I
think, ignited the fascination and also the desire
to fly in space. TRACEY CALDWELL DYSON: There’s
not a astronaut alive today who doesn’t owe it all to him. SARAH SEAGER: Just
like the old days, when humans explored the
far reaches of our Earth for the first time,
space exploration is part of what it
means to be human. We have the desire
to know the unknown. JEFF BEZOS: One of the
gigantic legacies of Apollo is it inspired so many people
to enter science, engineering, become pioneers, explorers. I think it’s hard to
overstate the degree to which that program did that for a
whole generation of people, not just in the US,
but around the world. We did something
as a civilization that everybody had used
as a literal symbol of impossibility. Oh, yeah, that’ll happen
when a man walks on the moon. And they had to change
that metaphor in 1969. LAURIE LESHIN: I
think understanding the history of big, inspiring
challenges is important. Knowing that we, in the past,
have been able to rise and meet these challenges is critical. And so using the JFK legacy to
help inspire more young people to think about their own moon
shots is a wonderful thing. And I’m really thrilled to
be a part of the JFK Library as we’re trying to do that. [MUSIC PLAYING]

3 thoughts on “JFK’s Moonshot: Then and Now

  1. I'm glad President Trump is expanding this idea with the new Space Force he wants to create. I'm sure JFK is in Heaven and is proud he started this.

  2. John F Kennedy was the best president in all time and people often forget that he actually was the key and the force behind the space program and to achieve the goal of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth, its devastating that he was killed before mankind took the first step on the moon

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