The speech's official name was "Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs." And while President John F. Kennedy spoke about U.S. goals and challenges at home and abroad, the most memorable passage -- and objective -- was this:
"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."
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* Transcript and audio (from JFK library): @
* Draft of speech, press copy and reading copy (from JFK library): @
* Memo from Kennedy to Vice President Johnson, April 20 (from NASA): @