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"Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed."
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Rice University, University of Houston, Baylor College of Medicine and other academic institutions started space programs and strengthened technology, science and biomedical research to support the space program of the country and its new American hero.
We even changed the name of our baseball team from the Colt 45 to the Houston Astros and the "eighth wonder of the world" the Astrodome to distribute our claims to the US space program.
Space-related businesses and jobs began to flow into the Houston region, especially in the once-sleepy towns near the new home of the Manned Spacecraft Center in the Clear Lake area.
Over the next few months, we will have the opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and several other space milestones.
Huston is looking forward to celebrating these space events. A number of organizations and institutions in Houston are already planning several events and programs to celebrate Apollo 11 and the city's many connections to the US space program.
Home to many current and former NASA astronauts and rocket scientists, both the Johnson Space Center and the Houston Space Center are working on programs to honor the thousands of NASA employees and subcontractors who want to launch America into space.
Around this time next year A team of former NASA flight chief Gene Kranz, Space Center Houston and Johnson Space Center hopes to complete a comprehensive conservation program at the historic Mission Control Center. This will give visitors to Houston the opportunity to see first-hand what the world saw only on television from Gemini 4 until the end of the Apollo 17 moon program in 1972.
But the Bay Area is not the only place in the Houston area celebrating America's space program. This is because many of the leading institutions in Houston have also played and continue to play important roles in the US space program.
It is fair to celebrate the achievements and contributions of our city that helped NASA and the US Houston's future role in the US space program faces a number of challenges.
Just as the original efforts to bring the manned spacecraft center to Houston faced fierce competition from other cities in the country, other regions today are competing for programs and projects – and the resulting NASA funds and jobs – managed in the past at Johnson Space Center. Houston faces similar challenges and competition in the development of the emerging private sector space exploration space.
If Houston continues to be the leading center for space flight, the city must ensure the same level of community support from the corporate, academic and political leaders that NASA had to attract to Houston in the first place.
During his speech at the University of Rice in September 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed the United States "Must Be Brave" in its quest to be a leader in it
We must also be courageous today in Houston if we have the vision Houston, your city of Houston with its Manned Space Vehicle Center, will be the heart of a great scientific and technical community. "
Viator is the author and photographer of" Houston: " A Visual Celebration of Space City USA "to be published in 2019. Mitchell is president of the Bay Area Economic Partnership.