Apollo 11 We Choose the Moon Celebrating the 40th

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If it doesn't, restart the download. Sorry for the inconvenience. If the problem persists you can find support at 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're willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.

Rice University, Houston Sept 6967 US Manned Space flight faces an uncertain future. The Soviet Cold War/Space Race, two spaceflight Shuttle orbiter accidents, one Apollo ground test accident, and years of budget cuts could not indefintely ground American astronauts. Government leaders are temporary stewards of what makes America great. The US Space Program has no equal. Until now. Many nations are next in line to take the lead in Space Exploration. Russia, China, India.


Because promoting science and technology is not campaign talk to those nations. It is a way to move their people into world prominence. It is a way to seize the technological and monetary riches derived from space exploration. There is room for all nations. All flags. In the exploration of space. America would be a different place if the American Flag was not on the Moon. With the retired space shuttle Discovery looking over his shoulder, Vice President Mike Pence kicked off the today by declaring Americans will return to the Moon.

He also said Americans will establish a commercial presence in low-Earth orbit, and use the Moon as a training ground to prepare for missions to Mars. C. The event helped clarify some of the Trump administration's space policy intentions, but there are many details yet to be addressed. Space council members have 95 days to submit responses on today's meeting, and the real indicator of what happens next will come from next year's NASA budget request. In short, there are many questions, and we'll need answers before we can truly understand this new policy. In the meantime, here are our initial reactions and analysis. The biggest news to come out of today's meeting was Pence's authoritative declaration that Americans will return to the lunar surface. 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 the race for space. Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolutions, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it--we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.

Yet the vows of this Nation can only be fulfilled if we in this Nation are first, and, therefore, we intend to be first. 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.

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