Three Out of Four -- let's finish Kennedy's dream!
- President John F. Kennedy, stood before a joint
session of Congress on May 24, 1962 to address on them
on urgent national needs. Without difficulty we can
recall that first national goal:
"First, I believe that this nation should commit
itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is
out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him
safely to the earth."
But how few remember the second goal!
"Secondly, an additional 23 million dollars, together
with 7 million dollars already available, will
accelerate development of the Rover nuclear rocket.
This gives promise of some day providing a means for
even more exciting and ambitious exploration of space,
perhaps beyond the moon, perhaps to the very end of
the solar system itself."
As for the third and fourth goals, they have already
"Third, an additional 50 million dollars will make the
most of our present leadership, by accelerating the
use of space satellites for world-wide communications.
Fourth, an additional 75 million dollars--of which 53
million dollars is for the Weather Bureau--will help
give us at the earliest possible time a satellite
system for world-wide weather observation."
We have seen the benefits from what three out of the
four goals that Kennedy set before us have achieved.
So why do we doubt the logic of the unfulfilled one?
Erich Landstrom, NASA JPL Solar System Educator
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