The Moon Speech – John F. Kennedy 1962

“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.”

Words chosen and delivered well can propel man across the heavens. In 1962 US President John F. Kennedy gave a speech in which he explained his commitment to America putting a man on the moon, at a time when they had not even put a monkey into space. The cold war conflict with the Soviet Union was a major reason for the US pushing into space — this motivational speech from a visionary President gave the “Space Race” a Saturn V sized boost.

This film is the full length version of his entire speech, rather than just the commonly quoted sound bites. Enjoy!

References: YouTube (Full version)
Full text of this speech (Presidential Library and Museum)


Author: Ivan Astybuttich

Ex-cosmonaut Ivan Astybuttich has retired from the Russian space program and now pursues his other love, managing the SkyRocket Cafe. Having been presumed missing in space, this "lost cosmonaut" actually landed near our airport and, seeing the tremendous business opportunity presented, established his cafe. Ivan's SkyRocket Cafe specializes in space-themed food and has a range of space memorabilia and videos on display.

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