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JFK Discusses The Space Program

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Audio of a news program relaying JFK's visit to the space program in early 1960'a
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President Kennedy has been making a tour of missile and space craft installations in Alabama, florida, texas and Missouri. His first stop yesterday came at Huntsville Alabama at the Space Flight Center named for general George Marshall there. He talked with Dr Vienna von braun, director of the center. He looked at a model of the Saturn C5 rocket, the one scheduled to take american astronauts to the moon. Fawn Brown said Mr President, this is the vehicle designed to fulfill your promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Then the german born engineer said and by God will do it. Later in the day. Yesterday, Mr Kennedy watched from a bunker 2000 ft away as the Huntsville experts test fired the Saturn booster rocket which will develop a million and a half pounds of thrust. When he left, Mr Kennedy said, I am most impressed many of our hopes and aspirations for the conquest of space ride on this work. I am particularly appreciative of the many dedicated scientists and engineers who have selflessly to continued their work, often despite personal sacrifices. The president then flew on to Cape Canaveral, where our next man in space flight is scheduled for September 22. Mr Kennedy visited pad 14. The area from which astronaut walter schirra will be shot into space via a mercury atlas rocket. Then he talked for 10 minutes with Sarah himself, took a look at the area where a titan two missile is scheduled to be launched tomorrow In preparation for a future two men, Gemini space flight. Then, after a look at the Saturn launching area, Mr Kennedy flew on to Houston Texas there. A crowd estimated at 200,000 lined the streets to cheer him. This morning. He spoke at the Rice University Stadium, the subject man's conquest of space. Here's how it sounded. I am delighted to be here and I'm particularly delighted to be here. On this occasion we meet at a college noted for Knowledge in a city noted for progress in a state noted for strength And we stand in need of all three. Where we meet in an hour of change and challenge. In a decade of hope and fear in an age of both knowledge and ignorance, the greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds despite the striking fact that most of the scientists that the world has ever known are alive and working today. Despite the fact that this nation's own scientific manpower Is doubling every 12 years in a rate of growth More than three times that of our population as a whole. Despite that, the vast stretches of the unknown and the unanswered and the unfinished still far outstripped our collective comprehension. No man can fully grasp how far and how fast we have come, but condense, if you will. The 50,000 years of man's recorded history in a time span of about a half a century stated in these terms, We know very little about the 1st 40 years, except at the end of them. Advanced. Man had learned to use the skins of animals to cover them. Then, about 10 years ago, under this standard man emerged from his caves to construct other kinds of shelter. Only five years ago, man learned to write and use a cart with wheels. Christianity began less Than two years ago. The printing press came this year, and then less than two months ago. During this whole 50 year span of human history, the steam engine provided a new source of power. Newton explored the meaning of gravity. Last month, electric lights, and telephones, and automobiles, and airplanes became available only last week did we develop penicillin and television and nuclear power? And now, if America's new spacecraft succeeds in reaching venus, we will have literally reached the stars before midnight tonight. This is a breathtaking pace and such a pace cannot help but create new ills as it dispels old new ignorance, new problems, new dangers. Surely the opening vistas of space promise high course and hardships as well as high reward. So it is not surprising that some would have us stay where we are a little longer to rest to wake bought this city of Houston, This state of texas, this country of the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. Yeah. Mhm.
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