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Image description: This “Moon Ahead” sign is posted outside launch Pad-OA at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. You can see the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard, in the background.
Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA.

Image description: This “Moon Ahead” sign is posted outside launch Pad-OA at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. You can see the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard, in the background.

Photo by Bill Ingalls, NASA.

Image description: The largest full moon of 2013 rises over the Statue of Freedom on the top of the Capitol.
Photo by the Architect of the Capitol.

Image description: The largest full moon of 2013 rises over the Statue of Freedom on the top of the Capitol.

Photo by the Architect of the Capitol.

Image description: Forty three years ago today, two Americans became the first humans to walk on the moon. Here you see Neil Armstrong working at an equipment storage area on the surface of the moon. This is one of the few photos that show Armstrong during the moonwalk.
Learn more about the first moonwalk and watch videos from this historic event.
Photo by NASA.

Image description: Forty three years ago today, two Americans became the first humans to walk on the moon. Here you see Neil Armstrong working at an equipment storage area on the surface of the moon. This is one of the few photos that show Armstrong during the moonwalk.

Learn more about the first moonwalk and watch videos from this historic event.

Photo by NASA.

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We Choose the Moon

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PRESIDENT JOHN F KENNEDY: We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we’re willing to accept, one that we’re unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win and the others too.

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Image description: Astronaut Alan L. Bean pauses near a tool carrier during the Apollo 12 spacewalk on the moon’s surface. Commander Charles Conrad, Jr. took the black-and-white photo and is reflected in Bean’s helmet visor.
Photo by NASA

Image description: Astronaut Alan L. Bean pauses near a tool carrier during the Apollo 12 spacewalk on the moon’s surface. Commander Charles Conrad, Jr. took the black-and-white photo and is reflected in Bean’s helmet visor.

Photo by NASA