I recently had an opportunity to view the new Endeavour exhibit at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. It was an emotional day, filled with the promise of possibilities and the work it takes to achieve our goals. A big, giant space ship in a big giant room is just pretty darn cool, too…
A friend recently visited the shuttle as well, and I was reminded of his comment to me that it made him proud to be an American. I wholeheartedly agree.
I was also reminded of President John F. Kennedy’s speech at Rice University in 1962, discussing the challenges our nation faced in the burgeoning space program. For me, his powerful oration helps to serve as my own launching point for accomplishing the dreams I hope to accomplish.
“There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play 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…”