New insight into JFK lunar goal

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In a well-known message to Congress in May 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy stated his goal of reaching the Moon, and beating the Soviet Union in the space race: “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. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.”

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