We are not perfect people. We have egos that rage. We find ourselves caught up in minds, which often imagine the worst. We have our fears and doubts in both ourselves and others. And yet for all our shortcomings, we also hold the ability to dream. We dare to imagine something better. To explore and to find new ways to a manifest destiny of all humanity.
Today we take one of those significant steps. Today after a decade of failing to put anyone into space, we once again reach for the stars. And just as we did over 50 years ago, we reach out to take another small step for a man that may lead to more giant leaps for humankind.
Today, a private company, SpaceX, working with the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, NASA, to put two Americans into space and send them to the international space station. Today we start a new adventure back into space. This new adventure may take us not only back to the moon. It could eventually take us to Mars, asteroids, the moons of Saturn, and maybe even one day to Pluto.
Today we step up on a voyage which may eventually take us to whole New World’s. Worlds, where we can leave our egos, fears, and prejudices behind, To worlds where every one of us can find new starts and new understanding for every person.
Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.