President John F. Kennedy galvanized the nation’s focus for a cause on Sept. 12, 1962, when he set a course for the moon, and having Americans land there, and safely return by the end of the decade.

In pointing the nation forward, he said these words: “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 we intend to win.”

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