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 all 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
September 12, 1962