Only two problems to be solved when going to the moon.

This is part one of a series of six articles specifically commissioned and scripted for ‘one minute’ radio slots. They were written and narrated by John Callister and broadcast a number of times.

Neil Armstrong once said, “There are only two problems to be solved when going to the moon. The first is how to get there, and the second is how to get back. The key is, don’t leave until you have solved both problems.”


It was in 1961, that US President, John F Kennedy, made his famous declaration, “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.”

When Kennedy set the goal, complete with time frame, no one knew exactly ‘how’ it was going to be achieved. But they started preparing as if it was going to happen, and it DID happen.

Maybe there’s a lesson here that too often we’re reluctant to set the goal because we don’t know how it’s going to be achieved. Maybe there are times we need to move forward in faith, believing that the HOW will be found as we do.