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JFK's 'We Choose the Moon' Turns 60

It ignited America's race to the moon. On Sept. 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave an impassioned speech to 30,000 people at Rice University in Houston on why the U.S. should send astronauts to the lunar surface. It was a rallying cry to the nation with a promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade — Apollo 11 did just that in 1969. Read how space exploration has changed. Plus, watch JFK's famous address.

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    The Original Moonshot Speech

    'We choose to go to the moon...' again: NASA marks 60th anniversary of JFK speech
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    'We choose to go to the moon...' again: NASA marks 60th anniversary of JFK speech

    'Seven famous words ... carried across this stadium and across the country: We choose to go to the moon.' As NASA once again prepares to set sail "on …

    Watch President Kennedy's Speech

    "Why go to the moon?" - John F. Kennedy at Rice University
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    "Why go to the moon?" - John F. Kennedy at Rice University

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