Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Cahill, Hameetman Auditorium
Free Public Lecture
John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon
John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus , George Washington University
Based on his award-winning 2010 book "John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon," Dr. John Logsdon will review the factors that led President John F. Kennedy, just four months after his inauguration, on May 25, 1961, to set as a national goal sending Americans to the Moon "before this decade is out."
He will explore JFK's actions and second thoughts following that Cold War decision during the remaining thirty months of his presidency. Dr. Logsdon will address the question: "Was Apollo worth its costs and risks?" He will also relate the experience and evaluation of Apollo to current controversies regarding the character of future U.S. space efforts.
Refreshments will be avaliable at 4:30 PM.