16 January 2009


John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963) was the thirty-fifth President of the United States and the youngest man to be elected President at the age of 43.

In his first year of Kennedy's presidency, the Russians, in April, launched the first man in space. The following month, the United States launched Alan Shepard into space and Kennedy used the success of that launch to declare America's goal to land on the moon. Kennedy witnessed all six of the Mercury space flights. Appearing at Cape Canaveral in November of 1963, Kennedy toured the new launch area for the Apollo Moon Project and saw the new Saturn rocket being readied for testing. Six days later, he was assassinated in Dallas.
Reflecting on his goal for landing on the moon, Kennedy said:
"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."

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