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Kennedy Addresses Congress | Chasing the Moon | American Experience | PBS

In an address to a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, JFK announced that it was “time for a great new American enterprise”: to land a man on the Moon before the end of the decade.

Learn more about CHASING THE MOON, including where to watch the documentary: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/chasing-moon/

“Chasing the Moon,” a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. Utilizing a visual feast of previously overlooked and lost archival material — much of which has never before been seen by the public — the film features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.