We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) US President (1961-63)
Speech, Rice University, Houston (12 Sep 1962)
Added on 23-Apr-12 | Last updated 23-Apr-12
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