Dayna’s Moonshots

President John F. Kennedy ┬áput forward a national goal of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth” by the end of the 1960s. He proposed in an address to Congress on May 25, 1961:

Now it is time to take longer strides - time for a great new American enterprise - time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on Earth.
...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. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.

When President Kennedy proposed his moonshot it set out a bold idea that helped propel our nation forward to achieve greatness for a generation. I came to understand the term when I married my husband, Charlie, who was a 30-year NASA research pilot, that trained astronauts to land the shuttle and was Captain of the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. I also was absorbed into the larger NASA family, so much so that I created, the first NASA e-commerce operation in the late 90’s. The store became the largest of its kind and was seen as a moonshot.

From my association with NASA, and later in my career, I came to realize that my experiences have given me the unique insights to develop my own list of moonshots which are based on groundbreaking idea that may be lofty, but when they succeed, it changes our world.

  1. Meet as many people as I can in the district.
  2. Provide quality, affordable healthcare for all.
  3. Provide quality, affordable education (including college) for all.
  4. Devices and internet access for all high school students.
  5. Training for jobs of the future.
  6. Fund and expand NASA.
  7. Create comprehensive life and health centers for veterans.
  8. Create entrepreneur programs next to social security offices.
  9. Simplify the tax code in favor of the poor and middle class.
  10. Find and create new technologies to protect the Texas Gulf Coast and Houston Ship Channel from catastrophic storm damage.

And as we say in rock and roll, it goes to 11!

  1. Show that every day people who love their community and their country can be a part of the election process. Take it back from the private club it has become for only the wealthy.

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