[September 12]
1962

On September 12 President John F. Kennedy addresses 45,000 at Rice Stadium. In his famous "Moon Speech," he challenges NASA to send a man to the moon by the end of the decade. "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," he tells the crowd. "And I am delighted that this university is playing a part in putting a man on the moon as part of a great national effort of the United States of America."

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