U.S. President John F. Kennedy famously declared in 1961 the United States’ goal of putting a man on the moon, declaring it a milestone for mankind. What was, however, Kennedy’s real view on the matter?

Answer: He largely did not care about space travel, being only keen to undermine the Soviet Union. He declared to the director of NASA, James Webb, that he really believed ‘that we shouldn’t be spending this kind of money because I’m not interested in space’.

Source: Debating the Kennedy Presidency by James N. Giglio and Stephen G. Rab

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