First, let’s start with the original goal, the original vision, a Strategy Statement if you will, by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. He challenged America, who at the time were getting their backsides kicked by the Soviet Union in space, to be the first country to put a human being on the Moon by the end of the decade.
It was an enormous and audacious goal to set, considering that NASA had just about managed to get astronauts into Low Earth orbit for the first time that year. The leap to putting a “man” on the moon was gigantic in comparison and neither the technology nor the capability existed within NASA to deliver on such a massive challenge.
What was there however, was the WILL to succeed and despite the untimely passing of John F. Kennedy in 1963, NASA most definitely succeeded in reaching the goal that their leader set for them in 1962 of putting a man on the moon for the first time.
To get there, they needed a new Rocket, and an entire new space program.
It was called the Apollo Space Program and I’m very much looking forward to collecting further information on it in the lower sections of this post.