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(Soundbite of song, “Fly Me To the Moon”)

Mr. FRANK SINATRA (Singer): (Singing) Fly me to the moon, let me play among the stars.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Colonization of the moon is not a new idea. Even before man walked there, scientists had dreamed of ways of making it possible to live there. Back in 1954, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke published designs for a lunar base. His idea was for igloo shaped structures. Nuclear power, he imagined, would fuel the station.

By 1959, Project Horizon was launched. It was the U.S. Army's plan to build a missile outpost on the moon by 1966.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Imagining life on the moon really took off in the ‘60s, thanks in large part to President Kennedy's speech of May 25, 1961 and then the lunar landing. And it's been in our consciousness every since.

President JOHN F. KENNEDY: I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Man: Ignition sequence start. We should see fire. Four, three, two.

(Soundbite of song, “Everyone's Gone to the Moon”)

Mr. JONATHAN KING (Singer): Everyone's gone to the moon.

(Soundbite of applause)

Unidentified Announcer: Man on the moon.

Mr. NEIL ARMSTRONG (Astronaut): Okay, Houston, I'm on the porch.

Unidentified Announcer: Roger, Neil.

(Soundbite of song, “Walking on the Moon”)

STING (The Police): (Singing): Giant steps are what you take, walking on the moon.

Unidentified Announcer: Here, men from the planet earth first set foot upon the moon, July 1969.

Mr. JIM HENSON (Puppeteer): (As Ernie) (Singing) Well I'd like to visit the moon, on a rocket ship high in the air. Yes, I'd like to visit the moon. But I don't think I'd like to live there.

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