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50 years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the Moon. This would not have been possible without the vision and leadership of President John F. Kennedy who helped start this project a decade earlier. As we celebrate and honor the achievements that made the Moon landing possible 50 years ago, learn about the roots of this impressive human feat and the role that President Kennedy played in it through resources made available by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

President John F. Kennedy's Rice Univeristy Speech - "We Choose the Moon"

Space Program Media Gallery

 

JFK in History: Background information on the Space Program

Historical essay on the space program during the Kennedy Administration.

 

Oral Histories

Alan Shepard: Oral History

John Glenn: Oral History

Robert Gilruth, Director of NASA: Oral History

 

Interactives

JFK Challenge Kids' App

The free JFK Challenge app for iPad brings American history to life for kids by turning them into astronauts and Peace Corps volunteers. Fly to the Moon or help people around the world with this exciting offering from the JFK Library.

We Choose the Moon (Note: This site uses Adobe Flash)

Each stage of this interactive online exhibit allows visitors to follow the historic moon landing minute by minute, and explore archival photos and footage of President Kennedy's pioneering space efforts. (Note: This feature uses Adobe Flash.)

 

NASA Resources for Kids and Adults

NASA Kids' page - Project Mercury

NASA Space Suit interactive (Note: This site uses Adobe Flash)

 

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum Recommended Reads List

Books recommended by the JFK Library and Massachusetts Librarians

 

This program is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and your local library.

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