When President John F. Kennedy announced a plan to put a man on the Moon in front of a special joint session of the US Congress, in May 25, 1961.There was no plan.
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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