Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said Because it is there. Well, space is there, and were going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there.
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Source Notes: Source: President JOHN F. KENNEDY, address on the nations space effort, Rice University, Houston, Texas, September 12, 1962.Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962, p. 668.Mallorys remark, Because its there, was reported in The New York Times, March 18, 1923, p. 11, during his visit to New York.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 November 22, 1963), often referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. A member of the prominent Kennedy political family, he is considered an icon of American liberalism. During World War II, he served as a naval lieutenant in the Pacific theater and was cited for exceptional bravery for the rescue of his men. Kennedy is the youngest person ever to have been elected president of the United States, at the age of 43. (Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest ever to serve as President of the United States.)