We choose to go to the Moon

Title

We choose to go to the Moon

Description

"We choose to go to the Moon", officially titled as the Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Effort, is a speech delivered by United States President John F. Kennedy about the effort to reach the Moon to a large crowd gathered at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas, on September 12, 1962.

The speech, largely written by Kennedy advisor and speechwriter Ted Sorensen, was intended to persuade the American people to support the Apollo program, the national effort to land a man on the Moon. In his speech, Kennedy characterized space as a new frontier, invoking the pioneer spirit that dominated American folklore. He infused the speech with a sense of urgency and destiny, and emphasized the freedom enjoyed by Americans to choose their destiny rather than have it chosen for them. Although he called for competition with the Soviet Union, Kennedy also proposed making the Moon landing a joint project.

Creator

NASA

Date

September 12 1962

Source

Today's History 

Relation

 

Rights

NASA

Publisher

NASA
Today's History.org

Contributor

NASA
Today's History

Format

Photograph

Language

English

Type

John F. Kennedy Speech, Moon Landing Project, Apollo Program, JFK Speech made to categorize the Apollo Program as a new frontier, by using a new method of United States pioneering by landing the first man on the moon in history, generating American unity, and freedom for Americans to choose their own destiny, rather than have one chosen for them, even proposing making the Moon landing be a joint project, despite JFK's initial intent to make it a competition against the Soviet Union.

proposed making the Moon landing a joint project.

Identifier

Moon, JFK, Apollo Program, Space, Speech

Coverage

United States, John F. Kennedy, The Apollo Program

Files

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/56/John_F._Kennedy_speaks_at_Rice_University.jpg/705px-John_F._Kennedy_speaks_at_Rice_University.jpg

Reference

NASA, We choose to go to the Moon, NASA Today's History.org, September 12 1962

Cite As

NASA, “We choose to go to the Moon,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 20, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/688.