From President John F. Kennedy’s address at Rice University on the Nation’s Space Effort, Houston, Texas, September 12, 1962:
We choose to go to the moon. 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, and the others, too.
There is some passion in this address! To me it’s saying “We do things not because there is a return on the investment, but we do things that are hard simply to prove that we can and enjoy the growth that comes of it.” I felt this same drive and same ambition listening to Burt Rutan speak of SpaceShipOne at Oshkosh 2005 and quite frankly, it’s contagious and inspiring. If NASA’s new space program produces more creative drive, more ambitious “Why not?” questions, especially in the youth of today, it will be worth every penny it costs.