"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard ..."
President John F. Kennedy
12 September 1962
When President Kennedy first spoke these words, our nation had just embarked upon one of the great technological challenges of all time; a challenge that would ultimately result in humans walking on the Moon and returning safely home to Earth. The use of space-based technology is now an integral part of our society. From GPS to global communication networks, we take for granted the space-based technology that was little more than science fiction when President Kennedy challenged the nation all those years ago. Today, there are still major technological challenges to be overcome before we can truly be called a space faring nation. To honor the generation of Americans who took us to the Moon, we must continue to embrace these challenges; not because they are easy but because that are hard. The mission of the Astronautics Laboratory is to inspire our students to embrace the hard challenges of space exploration and development, with a spirit that all things are possible.