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The JFK Museum celebrates the inspiration for a moonwalk

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The JFK Presidential Library & Museum is surrounded by a 10-acre park that overlooks Boston Harbor and the sea where Kennedy loved to sail.

The year 1969 might be remembered for psychedelic prints, go-go boots, and a raging war in Southeast Asia, but it also was a year of remarkable scientific achievement.

Americans became the first to go where no man had gone before; scientists met John F. Kennedy’s challenge and put a man on the moon, though JFK did not live to witness the feat he inspired.

Now the library built in his honor is celebrating that achievement.

Visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum to see a model spacecraft, spacesuit, helmet, and boots, prototype drawings, lunar samples, and more in the space and exploration exhibit commemorating the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.

Even more compelling, hear Kennedy’s famous message to Congress, his voice and words urging the nation to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

The JFK Presidential Library & Museum also celebrates Kennedy’s roots in Massachusetts. Interactive displays with JFK’s voice echo in the open spaces. A 10-acre park surrounding the modern building overlooks Boston Harbor and the sea where Kennedy loved to sail.

Take the Red Line to JFK/UMass Station, where a free shuttle to the museum leaves every 20 minutes. Visit here for driving directions and information on parking.

Opening hours of the museum are seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors 62 and over and students (with ID). Children under 12 are free.

Anna Webster can be reached at annaweb@bu.edu.

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