The Decision to Go to the Moon

John F. Kennedy

WHAT THE SPEECH WAS ABOUT

On September 12, 1961, President JFK spoke about how America was “losing the space race” with the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union may have been the first to space but he talked about how the United States would be the first to the moon.

MOST MEMORABLE LINE

“We choose to go to the Moon! ... 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...”