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 It is 1962 and the Soviet Union is defeating the United States in the "Race for Space," having been first to launch a satellite and put a man in space.  But President John F. Kennedy is a visionary.  He promises that the United States will put a man on the moon before the end of the decade,and he declares:

"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 challenge is one we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win."                                                   

President Kennedy did not live to see his dream come true, but he launched the national effort that made it all possible.  In 1969, Apollo XI landed on the moon.

This video contains footage of Kennedy's far-sighted speech, interspersed with clips paralleling the vision he had for America's space program and the fulfillment of much of that vision.  All of Kennedy's famous charisma is evident, as he maps out a strategy for the future.

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