Around 50 decades ago, our nation rallied skill of American scientists & advanced our technological capabilities to achieve the greatest accomplishment in human history; landing a man on the moon. Nothing till today has ever united the world more than the moment when they watched Commander Neil Armstrong take that first step onto the previously untouched surface of the moon.
In the 21st century, if we are to continue to boost the humanity’s knowledge & move forward the legacy of America of elevating the human condition, enabling individuals to realize their true potential and promoting peace, we must make human space exploration our top priority.
In case we forget, the moonshot mission in the late 1960s wasn’t by chance, but by choice. 12 years before Apollo 11, the Soviet Union astonished the US by launching the first artificial satellite of history. The belief of some Americans that it was merely the destiny of free nations to lead efforts of humanity to greater technological and scientific advancements was rocked by the success of our Cold War rival followed by the acknowledgment of Eisenhower, then-President of the “blatant fact” that the US had fallen behind.
The inactive calmness of scientific fatalism struck portions of America then as it at times does today. There is nothing unavoidable about scientific discovery nor is there any predetermined path of leading-edge innovation. Long hours of strenuous study & experimentation are needed only to glimpse a flicker of enlightenment which can lead to greater altitudes of human achievement. Kennedy understood this, as well as, the significance of integrating our national efforts upon a mutual mission, thereby beginning the countdown of America’s rendezvous with the moon.
On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA flashes back the deepest gratitude for the Apollo generation’s pioneering courage as we, the Artemis generation, prepare to take humanity’s next giant jump to Mars.