Thursday, June 28, 2012

Race to the Moon

Image:1 The President
President John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) awoke on April 12, 1961, to the news that the Soviet Union had won the race to put a man into space. Kennedy immediately met with Vice President Lyndon Johnson. “Can we put a man on the moon before them?” Kennedy asked. A few weeks later, Kennedy challenged the nation to “commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.”

Just over 14 months later Kennedy would die in Texas, in Dallas, on November 22, 1963.  On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle Lunar Module on the Moon, at the Sea of Tranquility.  A few hours later, on July 21, they stepped out on the Moon.  From Kennedy’s speech to Congress, the task had taken 8 years, one month and 26 days.
Acknowledgement: Image and text from Google (here)

Target setting is
A measure of confidence
To achieve one’s goal

Variously quoted
The race to put man on the
moon, a classic goal

Written for Jenn's Sensational Haiku Wednesday with prompt - confidence-


  1. Unless it was fake
    Which a conspiracy theory that would make
    Doubtful though
    But you never know

  2. nice...imagine if we could get behind a similar goal once more what we could truly accomplish...

  3. i like how you call this a classic goal.

  4. He was a man with great vision and confidence ~ Nice share Hank ~

  5. A great achievement, which sadly fizzled out as the years rolled on.

  6. Goal as in achievement or as in aspiration?

    Great post.

  7. i think it must be great to be the president of a land when your folks just takes the first steps on the moon...

  8. setting goal is prime..
    rest all follows

  9. Pat
    Reports of purported fake pictures of 'moon landing' in the Nevada desert did the rounds before. NASA might not be too happy I'm sure!

    Wonder what can match this?

    I suppose yes! Nothing like it!

    Yes, and he did it in style!

    Yes, but why?