We choose…

A good reminder of why we do this (science). Full credit goes to humans doing this; not God, not anyone else, us.

New Under The Sun Blog

Too many of my previous posts have been downers, so enjoy some inspiration for today.

Fifty-one years ago today, President John F. Kennedy gave a speech at Rice University justifying why sending an American astronaut to the moon before the end of that decade was so important. The accomplishments of the Apollo program culminating in Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk in 1969 still represent the acme of human scientific and engineering achievement. It was a goal that all of America looked toward during the process. It is a feat that we still look back on and point and say, “We did this together.” This preposterous, impossible thing. We made it possible. Then we checked it off our to-do list.

Why?

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard

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Author: Ian Street

Ian is a plant scientist and science writer relating stories of plant science and scientists on his blog, The Quiet Branches as well as other outlets. You can find him on Twitter @IHStreet.

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