The latest from C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger

  • Keeping America Reaching for the Skies

    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy famously said, “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” It was hard, but we did it. Just 12 years after Russia launched the first man-made satellite, Sputnik, into space, America answered the challenge and landed a man on the Moon. The space industry was born. America made a massive investment in research and development, employed the best and brightest scientists, mathematicians and engineers, and put unprecedented emphasis on science education. America made worldwide headlines, and just about every kid on Earth wanted to be Neil Armstrong. America was the most powerful country in the world, in part, because we controlled the skies.