Presidential Speeches
Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs
John F. Kennedy (May 25, 1961)

"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 the earth."

Address at Rice University in the Space Effort
John F. Kennedy (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..."

In the Event of Moon Disaster
Richard M. Nixon (written in 1969 but never used)

"Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace."

Treaties & Laws
The Outer Space Treaty
United Nations (January 27, 1967)

"The exploration and use of outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind."