jerrygordon (jerrygordon) wrote,
jerrygordon
jerrygordon

Apollo 11...


William Bradford, speaking in 1630 of the founding of the Plymouth Bay Colony, said that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage.

If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred. The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space.

But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic?

We choose to go to 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, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.

We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people.

John Kennedy
Rice University Speech










Subscribe

  • City of Refuge Now Available...

    "City of Refuge" is now available in text and audio formats at Apex Magazine. The short story is free. Give it a listen (and leave me…

  • City of Refuge...

    I’m happy to announce that "City of Refuge" has been accepted by Apex Magazine for their May issue and will be featured as that…

  • City of Refuge...

    This isn't a shot from the new Star Trek movie. It's a microscopic window into the battle that has been raging in my chest for the past two…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments