Buy why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may as well ask why climb the highest mountain?
The regret on our side is, they used to say years ago, we are reading about you in science class. Now they say, we are reading about you in history class.
Never in all their history have men been able truly to conceive of the world as one: a single sphere, a globe, having the qualities of a globe, a round earth in which all the directions eventually meet, in which there is no center because every point, or none, is center — an equal earth which all men occupy as equals. The airman's earth, if free men make it, will be truly round: a globe in practice, not in theory.
Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.
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 which we intend to win.