But if I were to say, my fellow citizens, that we shall send to the moon, 240,000 miles away from the control station in Houston, a giant rocket more than 300 feet tall, the length of this football field, made of new metal alloys, some of which have not yet been invented, capable of standing…
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, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.
—President John F. Kennedy
September 12, 1962 — President John F. Kennedy, at a speech at Rice University, reaffirms that the U.S. will put a man on the moon by the end
July 20, 1969 — Apollo 11’s crew—Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin—make the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility.
July 11, 1969 — David Bowie, British musician, released his single “Space Oddity,” supposedly in conjunction with the upcoming July 20, Apollo 11 moon landing.