In 1961, President John F. Kennedy put a significant objective prior to Congress:

“I think that this country needs to devote itself to attaining the objective, prior to this years is out, of landing a guy on the moon and returning him securely to the Earth,” Kennedy stated “No single area job in this duration will be more remarkable to humanity, or more vital for the long-range expedition of area; and none will be so tough or pricey to achieve.”

It took 8 years to reach the moon after that, and NASA burned through $254 billion dollars prior to the Apollo program was completed. However on July 20, 1969, as individuals throughout the world collected around fuzzy television, astronaut Neil Armstrong revealed: “the Eagle has actually landed.”

Here’s how the United States made it to the moon 50 years earlier.