Through me many long dumb voices,
Voices of the interminable generations of prisoners and slaves,
Voices of the diseas'd and despairing and of thieves and dwarfs,
Voices of cycles of preparation and accretion,
And of the threads that connect the stars, and of wombs and of the
And of the rights of them the others are down upon,
Of the deform'd, trivial, flat, foolish, despised,
Fog in the air, beetles rolling balls of dung.
He wrote tothe Senate Space Committee a little later that "We must respondto their conditions; otherwise we risk a basic misunderstandingon the part of the uncommitted countries, the Soviet Union, andpossibly our allies concerning the direction in which power ismoving and where long-term advantage lies."It was clear early in these deliberations that Johnson was infavor of an expanded space program in general and a maximum effortto land an astronaut on the Moon.
Myself moving forward then and now and forever,
Gathering and showing more always and with velocity,
Infinite and omnigenous, and the like of these among them,
Not too exclusive toward the reachers of my remembrancers,
Picking out here one that I love, and now go with him on brotherly terms.
And I say to mankind, Be not curious about God,
For I who am curious about each am not curious about God,
(No array of terms can say how much I am at peace about God and
I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least,
Nor do I understand who there can be more wonderful than myself.
to be the first to land a man on themoon and return him to earth if a determined national effort ismade." He added that the earliest this feat could be accomplishedwas 1967, but that to do so would cost about $33 billion dollars,a figure $10 billion more than the whole projected NASA budgetfor the next ten years. A week later Wernhervon Braun, director of NASA's George C.
During thenext few years the prestige of the United States will in partbe determined by the leadership we demonstrate in space activities."Wiesner also emphasized the importance of practical non-militaryapplications of space technology--communications, mapping, andweather satellites among others--and the necessity of keepingup the effort to exploit space for national security through suchtechnologies as ICBMs and reconnaissance satellites.