We blinked, and almost missed it. The link below takes you to President John F. Kennedy’s speech — delivered 50 years ago today — in which he passionately (and as it turned out, accurately) committed the United States to landing man on the Moon by the end of that decade.
Thank you, Mister President. It’s a shame you didn’t get to see it happen.
It’s a shame that it took the Cold War to trigger it, but we almost certainly wouldn’t have propelled ourselves quite so boldly headlong into space otherwise.