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JFK Announces Moon Landing Challenge May 25, 1961

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JFK Announces Moon Landing Challenge May 25, 1961

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    During the 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy had warned that Russia's space program was more advanced than the United States. Clear evidence of this Russian advantage was not long in coming. On April 12, 1961, just a few months after Kennedy's inauguration, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made a complete orbit of the earth. He became the first man ever to travel in space.

    Convinced that America's status as a world leader was threatened, Kennedy resolved to shift the nation's space effort "from low to high gear." Thus on May 5, 1961, in a special second State of the Union Message delivered to Congress, he pledged that the United States would land a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. By making this promise, the President hoped to give the space program a new sense of purpose. He knew that a moon landing would be costly and difficult, but as he told Congress, "No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind or more important."

    Congress responded by sharply increasing the budget for the space program. Over the next few years, beginning with the historic flight of Friendships 7, one stunning American achievement in space followed another. And in 1969, Kennedy's dream was realized when a team of American astronauts became the first men to successfully landed on the moon.

    The historic mint stamp on this Panel depicts man's first footstep on the Moon. It was issued in 1969 to commemorate Neil Armstrong's historic achievement. This panel is postmarked May 25, the exact anniversary of John F Kennedy's pledge to land a man on the moon.

   

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