52 Years ago, President John F. Kennedy – JFK – was named Man of the Year by Time Magazine. John F. Kennedy was president for only 1,000 days, from his 1961 inauguration to his assassination in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. In naming JFK 1961’s Man of the Year (1/5/62), TIME wrote, “In his […]

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On November 29, 1963, one week after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, President Johnson issued an Executive Order to rename NASA’s Launch Operations Center as Kennedy Space Center, in his honor. Whereas President John F. Kennedy lighted the imagination of our people when he set the moon as our target and man as the means to […]

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On November 16, 1963—49 years ago—JFK visited the space center at Cape Canaveral. President Kennedy toured Cape Canaveral, Florida, Pad B, Complex 37, where he and Senator George Smathers of Florida were briefed on the Saturn rocket by Dr. Werner Von Braun (not pictured). Tragically, JFK would be assassinated less than a week later as […]

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September 20, 1963: In an address before the United Nations, JFK proposes a joint space venture with the USSR, a bold move during the height of the Cold War. As President Kennedy proposes the joint expedition to the moon between Americans and Soviets, he famously asks, “Space offers no problems of sovereignty . . . […]

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On September 12, 1962, JFK delivered his famous “Moon Speech” at Rice University in Houston. He challenged Americans to land on the moon before the end of the 1960s. “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.” Here […]

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The Martin Agency created this poster series to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s first year in office. To commemorate the diversity of the key events from that single tumultuous year, each poster incorporated the same photo of JFK, overprinted with a different woodblock illustration. As one of his first presidential acts, Kennedy […]

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On July 20, 1969, the United States realized JFK‘s daunting dream of landing a human being on the surface of the moon. Neil Armstrong would utter the first immortal words on the lunar surface, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Buzz Aldrin became the second human being to set foot […]

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The prototype space shuttle Enterprise was damaged on the way to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan. The shuttle was en route to a New Jersey marina, its first destination on a two-part trip, when the tip of the wing scraped a piling in Jamaica Bay. Officials blamed […]

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Fifty-one years ago, JFK vowed to land a man on the moon. In a Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs, President Kennedy declared: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to […]

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Today, the Space Shuttle Enterprise made a glorious final flight over Manhattan, en route to its final home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The original test space shuttle, it was never flown in an actual mission. Enterprise flew into New York City today atop a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The air- […]

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