“The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.”
President John F Kennedy
12 September 1962
MOON SPEECH given at Rice University.
This simple statement, given after only one successful manned mission by NASA, even before John Glenn did the first earth orbit and before the introduction of computers, but after declaring the intention to go to the moon “before this decade is out”, is the embodiment of the inspirational spirit behind humankind’s drive for adventure and exploration.
It is this spirit that also drives our efforts to both inspire the next generation of African Scientists and Engineers and the current generation to showcase the capabilities already on offer in Africa.
We hope you will find these words as pertinent and as inspirationally applicable today as they must have been for audiences in 1962!
Per ardua ad lunam – through adversity to the Moon!