the many challenges that lay before the United States in the early
1960s, why did the President select the Moon?
One must be aware
that the period of time was marked by a world wide conflict between the
East and the West. That conflict became known as the cold war. It
was a battle over ideology; it was communism versus democracy.
The Soviets, who extolled communism, had beaten the Americans into
space and had a large lead in rocket technology. Should the United
States continue to fall behind, not only was the nation's prestige at
stake, but also its very survival.
President Kennedy delivered another speech at Rice University in
Houston, Texas on September 12, 1962. In that speech the President
eloquently answered the question of why.
choose to go to the Moon in this
decade and do the other things, not because they are easy but because
they are hard."