In 1960, Pres. John F. Kennedy tugged on the emotional heart strings of Americans, "We are in a strategic space race with the Russians, and we have been losing. . .But we cannot run second in this vital race." Kennedy challenged the nation to land a man on. the moon by the end of the decade.
And so America was rushed into a race to the moon. It seemed forgotten that the moon had been around for a long time, and would continue being there for a long time, even if man didn't get there by the end of the decade.
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