On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy, in an address to a Joint Session of Congress, asked for appropriations for a manned space program. President John F. Kennedy speaks at Rice University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  “These are extraordinary times and we face an extraordinary challenge.” “Our strengths, as well as our convictions, have imposed on this nation the role of leader in freedom’s cause.” “The dramatic achievements in space which occurred in recent weeks [when Russia put the first man, Yuri Gagarin, in space] should have made clear to us all, as did the Sputnik in 1957,... (Read More ...)