John F. Kennedy's Space Legacy Honored By NASA On His 100th Birthday By Piyali Roy firstname.lastname@example.org | Jun 03, 2017 08:10 AM EDT On the 100th birthday of John F. Kennedy, NASA decided to give honor in a very different way. They created a special website featuring various images of John F. Kennedy. For those who don't know, Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States of America. According to NASA, John F. Kennedy has provided the needed support to NASA. NASA has grown and achieved an upper hand in space race because of the support John F. Kennedy gave. He always believed that space should not be a matter of competition between the nations and every nation should jointly contribute in the matter. John F. Kennedy was born 100 years ago on May 27, 1917, and was the president of the United States of America when the major reform had come in the space sector. After the Soviet Union succeeded to send a human into space, John F. Kennedy had issued Moon Challenge to NASA. His challenges encouraged NASA to achieve more and more. Watch video Space Daily reported that on September 12, 1961, John F. Kennedy reiterated the goal of moon mission in front of the crowd of 40,000 at Rice University in Houston. "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 which we intend to win, and the others, too," he said. NASA has also named its launch site in Cape Canaveral, Fla., after John F. Kennedy as John F. Kennedy Space Center. After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, new moon Voyager was also named after him due to his huge contribution in the space field.