Even while the space agency’s administrator, James Webb had previously conceded to Kennedy that it could be done, the fact is that NASA had absolutely no idea how to put a man on the Moon.
The proof is that their first estimated budget of 7 billion dollars was changed to $20 billion.
NASA had to develop everything from scratch. None of the technology existed, nor the procedures were known at the time.
What is less known is that Kennedy actually proposed a joint lunar mission with the Soviet Union. It happened in a speech before the 18th General Assembly of the United Nations, in September 20, 1963
“Finally, in a field where the United States and the Soviet Union have a special capacity—in the field of space—there is room for new cooperation, for further joint efforts in the regulation and exploration of space. I include among these possibilities a joint expedition to the moon.”
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