John F Kennedy Speech on Travel to the Moon

John F Kennedy delivered a ground breaking speech on space travel at Rice University Stadium, Houston, Texas, on September 12th, 1962. The speech was designed to bring the United States public up to speed with the plans of NASA to send a team of astronauts to the moon by the end of the 1960s. This YouTube video captures a version of the speech which, with applause edited out, lasts 17 minutes 48 seconds.

John F Kennedy speaks at Rice University in Houston Texas

“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.”

Click on the image below to play the video.

For the full text see the John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum archive.