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Before This Decade is Out: The 50th Anniversary of Kennedy's Declaration

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Uploaded on Jun 6, 2011

This presentation was recorded on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in the "Moving Beyond Earth" exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy's declaration "we choose to go to the Moon" set in motion the largest mobilization of financial and human resources to achieve a single purpose in U.S. peacetime history. Addressing a joint session of Congress, Kennedy announced his decision to send Americans to the Moon "before this decade is out." The project culminated with the Apollo 11 lunar landing in July 1969. Here Dr. Logsdon discusses the reasons behind Kennedy's decision to go to the Moon and the actions he took to turn the decision into a successful program as well as to evaluate the scientific and historical legacies of Project Apollo.

Dr. John Logsdon is the former Lindbergh Chair of National Air and Space Museum's Division of Aeronautics and author of "John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon."

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