Mission: Moon: Apollo 11 lunar landing leaves lasting legacy 50 years later

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The podium erected on the 50-yard line of Rice University’s football stadium in September 1962 was makeshift and temporary, but President John F. Kennedy’s call to action on that sunny Houston day permanently changed the world.

In just 33 minutes, Kennedy rallied the nation with dreams of space exploration that launched an all-out sprint to the moon.

“We choose to go to the moon,” he told the crowd of 40,000. “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.”

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