Biography & Space Program
JFk- The man of many thoughts.
John F. Kennedy, the 35th president, Negotiated the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, and initiated the Alliance for Progress. He was in office for three years. He was assassinated in 1963.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 191, In Brookeland Massachusetts.
As a Baby
As a baby he was not a very healthy baby. He had contracted Whooping Cough, Measles, chicken Pox, etc.
In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, causing the Space Race. Then, in 1961, the nation suffered another shock when Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit the Earth. The United States, it seemed, was still falling behind. In 1961, JKF asked congress for an extra 2 billion dollars. He said that this nation has a goal that we are going to reach. A year later John Glen Jr. was the first man in space.
Glenn piloted the Friendship 7 back into the atmosphere and landed in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda. Glenn's success helped inspire the great army of people working to reach the Moon.
As space exploration continued through the 1960s, the United States was on its way to the Moon. Project Gemini was the second NASA spaceflight program. Its goals were to perfect the entry and re-entry maneuvers of a spacecraft and conduct further tests on how individuals are affected by long periods of space travel.
On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts—Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr.—realized President Kennedy's dream.