If there has been a single factor responsible for our successover the past two hundred years, it has been the characteristicAmerican confidence in the future. It was such a confidence whichbrought the first colonists westward across the Atlantic to settlethe Eastern shores. It was that same confidence which broughtother generations westward across the continent to build up ourcountry all the way to the Pacific.Today there are those who argue that we should not push for-ward into new realms or new enterprises except when there is clearevidence
competition from other nations.
believe the heri-can people reject the concqt that their future shall be measuredby the reaction to accomplishments of others.America's commitment to the exploration
space for peacefulpurposes
a firm commitment. We will not retreat from ournational purpose. We will not be turned aside in our nationaleffort
those who would attempt to divert us.Our national purpose in space is peace-not just prestige.