President John F. Kennedy's
Address at Rice University
12 September 1962
...This generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it — we mean to lead it.
For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the Moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace.
We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.
We choose to go to the Moon. 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...
The organizers, management, sponsors, suppliers and vendors of the Kennedy II Lunar Exploration Project call upon the original spirit invoked by John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) that led to the first human landing on the Moon. This project is not affiliated with or endorsed by the family of John F. Kennedy, his heirs or designees, and no affiliation is implied or inferred by the use of images or text utilized in this website or in other materials produced by or on behalf of the Kennedy II Lunar Exploration Project. Public-domain speeches and images are used with gratitude and thanks to the John F. Kennedy Library, Boston.