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Tough Calls by Linda D. Henman

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CHAPTER 8

Change Yesterday’s Dangerous Ideas

No one has better personified British author Richard Dawkins’s idea that yesterday’s dangerous idea is “today’s orthodoxy and tomorrow’s cliché” than our 35th president, John Kennedy. When President Kennedy took office in January of 1961, the thought of trying to land a man on the moon terrified most rational people. Yet, the president put a stake in the ground, determined that the United States would win the space race against the Russians and would land a man on the moon within 10 years. In July of 1969, more than a year shy of the goal, we turned Kennedy’s “dangerous idea” into reality.

Space exploration quickly morphed into orthodoxy as we funded more space travel and set new and challenging objectives. ...

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