What U.S. president took Americans to the moon?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

President Kennedy is largely seen as the United States President that was critical in moving Americans into the Moon Race.  The extension of the Cold War that the Space Race was moving into, as early as 1961, President Kennedy sent a memo to Vice President Johnson to explore the movement to the moon as a part of the race for supremacy over the Soviets.  Kennedy understood that the Russians had staked their claim to the space arena with the launches of Sputnik satellites as well as astronaut presence in space.  He recognized that American prestige could be reestablished if Americans could be seen as a force to race to the moon. In 1961, Kennedy articulated this vision to Congress:

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.

The two man space craft, Gemini, helped to bring Americans into the first steps on the moon in 1962.  With this, Kennedy's zeal is seen as critical to "taking" Americans to the moon.

samjazael123 | Student

of course John F. Keneddy, yet the reason why was because it was a time called the space race which started during the cold war. Though the space race as far as the time of nazi germany which Nazi Germany was on the search for the so called wonder machine. The founder of Nasa was in fact former nazi scientist Wernher Von Braun was a huge win for NASA as he knew things about space travel still are in rememberance today.

Though we all know that many people have claimed that the moon landing was in fact was faked which I even believe is true. I think the 1967 landing was a hoax due to photos and videos. It was so not real because it defies all possibilities. Its like looking at a U.F.O image of the 1940's thats what I see as a hoax. So I believe the moon landing did not come till color tv's actually where huge and popular. So much of it was different than the black & white images. Each and every detail. Though I belive we are getting closer to project life.