We Choose To Go To The Moon

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new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war. I do not say that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of space any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea, but I do say that space can be explored and mastered without feeding the fires of war, without repeating the mistakes that man has made in extending his writ around this globe of ours.

我们向这片新海域扬帆起航,因为这片海域有新的知识和权利可以收获,我们必须获得这些东西,将它们用于全人类的进步。太空科技与核技术等其他科技一样,其本身并没有意识。它们会成为造福还是危害人类的力量,取决于人类自己。只有美国在这方面占据了遥遥领先的地位,我们才能决定是帮助这片海域会成为和平的海洋还是战争的潜在威胁。我并不是说,我们会对敌人滥用太空的行为毫无防备,正如我们不会对敌人滥用陆地海洋毫无防备一样。但是,我要强调,对太空的探索和开发过程中不应发生战争。我们不能再重演我们在地球上所犯的错误。

There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again.But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

太空不该存在矛盾、偏见与国际冲突。这对敌人和我们都十分危险。向太空的发展应得到全人类共同支持,这种和平合作的机会可能永远不会再有。但是有些人问,为什么是月球?为什么选择选择月球为目标?他们可能也想问,为什么要攀登最高的山峰?35年前为什么要飞越大西洋?赖斯大学为什么要和得克萨斯州大学竞赛?

We choose to go to the Moon! 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; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.

我们决定登月!我们决定在10年内完成登月,并完成其他一系列任务。并不是因为这些任务轻而易举,恰恰是因为这些任务困难重重;因为这个目标值得我们组织动用我们最好的资源和技术,因为我们乐意于接受这个挑战,我们不愿再拖延这个挑战,我们要战胜这个这个挑战,其他挑战亦是如此。

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