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Lunar landing


When President Kennedy asked Congress to appropriate money for a moon mission, we had “no rockets powerful enough, no computers portable enough, no spacesuits,” according to Smithsonian Magazine.

Americans also wondered why we would trouble ourselves with such a complex undertaking when we couldn’t manage the problems we had on Earth. The Civil Rights Movement was in full swing, the Cold War at full strength, and the Vietnam problem beginning to surface.

In his speech at Rice University, Sept. 12, 1962, President Kennedy announced: “We will reach the moon in this decade and do the...

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