Here it is July 20, 2009 and I was reflecting back to that historic day of July 20, 1969. I can remember exactly what I was doing that evening when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. Watching on my parents small black and white TV that evening, I was struck with amazement as I saw Armstrong take his first steps and issue his immortal words “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” That was time when we embraced the challenges we faced and led to so many improvements in our daily lives, words seem inappropriate in placing them in the proper context.
I have some links here from President Kennedy’s famous speech from Rice University to kick off our space program. I have never seen the entire speech but I am glad that I watched it today. His vision and goals for America and the space program have never been equaled since that famous speech.
I would encourage you to watch the entire speech and think about his words..in particular his support of Houston and the State of Texas as innovative and strong are powerful. As Texans we need to draw our own internal personal strength from his words and define our goals and challenges because they are difficult.