What Would Kennedy Do?

“If we are to win the battle that is now going on around the world between freedom and tyranny, the dramatic achievements in space which occurred in recent weeks should have made clear to us all, as did the Sputnik in 1957, the impact of this adventure on the minds of men everywhere, who are attempting to make a determination of which road they should take.” — John F. Kennedy, May 25, 1961

Kennedy Addresses joint session of Congress 1961

Kennedy addresses joint session of Congress 1961 (from the NASA History Office)

In 1961 it was clear to President John F. Kennedy that being the technology leader in space was important. Kennedy made it clear that our leadership position in space (or the lack of it), would directly impact people and how they perceive freedom.

The NASA Space Shuttle program is scheduled to come to an end on Saturday, February 26, 2011. For the first time since Kennedy’s speech, the United States will be dependent on another nation for all human transportation to space. Has the “Adventure” that would impact the minds of people everywhere simply vanished? Here on Independence Day, 2010 – have we just outsourced our greatest legacy of supremacy in human spaceflight?

U.S. Space Shuttle Commemorative Coin

NASA’s Space Shuttle program will be coming to an end with the launch of the Shuttle Endeavour, currently scheduled for February 26, 2011. Our group is designing and developing The Space Shuttle Commemorative Coin. Follow and participate at www.SpaceShuttleCoin.com, and join the collaboration at our FaceBook site.

About Space Race Leadership

Curator of Space Race Leadership lessons for Business and Personal Development: www.MeasurableSuccess.com. Collector and creator of space memorabilia. Visit us at www.AresRocketCoin.com and www.SpaceShuttleCoin.com.
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