NASA TV Replays Kennedy’s Moon Speech Exactly 50 Years Later

    September 12, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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NASA is set to relive history as it happened today, and they want you to come along for the ride. At exactly 11:15 am ET, NASA TV will ait a high quality stream of President Kennedy’s famous 1962 “Moon speech,” exactly 50 years after it happened – to the day and to the minute.

NASA says that the video will also be accompanied by blogging from NASA administrator Charlie Bolden.

NASA is also hosting a Google+ Hangout after the speech ends (3 pm ET) called “50 Years Later: NASA Discusses Using Innovation and Ingenuity to do Big Things.” During the Hangout, you can expect to hear from NASA Administrators, former astronauts, and a current ISS commander.

JFK’s speech at Rice University on September 12th, 1962 is one of the most famous speeches in American history. In it, he advocated for progress, exploration, and shifting America’s space program into “high gear.” Here’s one of the most well-known quotes from the address:

“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, and the others, too,” said President Kennedy.

And in less than a decade, Americans set foot on the surface of the moon.

You can watch the high quality version here at 11:15 ET, or you can cheat and watch a lower quality version below:

  • http://www.leithlinks.co.uk archie

    Thank you for this. That speech still has few if any equals. And that man Kennedy still has few if any equals. What JFK promised in that speech was an accomplishment of monumentally staggering proportions – to put a man on the moon and have him return safely in that decade – the 60s!!! And it was delivered on schedule. Knocks me sideways, man! I am still in awe. I’ve spoken to many others about this. Many times the response is a yawn and a ‘so what? – it’s only the moon.’ The appropriate response should be, ‘Yes, dear, it’s the f***ing moon!’