JFK: The Space Program Sounds & Video
From John F. Kennedy's 1961 speech, delivered before a joint session of Congress, which first proposed landing a man on the moon.
From the same speech as above, the President urges unwavering, long term commitment to the moon project in the face of as-yet unforseen temptations and national crisis.
The President reacts to questions by the press on the reasons for the previous day's victory of the Russians over the Americans in putting the first man into space.
The President comments on the many delays that plagued attempts to launch John Glenn into space as the first American to orbit the earth.
The President frankly admits the second-class citizenship of the U.S. in the space race, but reassures the nation that "we are making a major effort now - and this country will be heard from".
President Kennedy makes a humorous gaff during a speech in Houston mere hours before his assassination.
From the same speech as the above, the President predicts the needs of the 1990s with regard to science, technology and space.
The beginning of a speech delivered during the dedication of the San Antonio Aerospace Health Center at Brooks AFB the day before JFK's assassination.
A rousing speech defining the goals and reasons for the nation's commitment to land men on the moon.
From the above: "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".