It was all Werner Von Braun and Robert Goddard's idea:
To gain MILITARY SUPERIORITY over all the Earth, you must capture the SPACE above it....
And, if you can spare the dollars, we also think that we can place a MAN on the MOON....
The men that were at first laughed at and kept humored became EXTREMELY important once HITLER began BLITZING London...
The men responsible for the launching of those rockets became very important to the military leaders of the world...One of those men just happened to be Werner Von Braun, himself.
Spirited out of NAZI Germany and given new lives in America, with the WAR over, Von Braun and fellow Rocket Men had little to do, except sit around dreaming about traveling to the Moon and MARS...
The RUSSIANS were doing more than just dreaming, for they had THEIR share of captured NAZI Rocket Scientists, as well.
They were actually planning on placing a cosmonaut on the Moon, which would have been a HUGE victory for COMMUNISM.
They were already FAR ahead of America in the yet-to-be-born Space Race.
No American SENATOR, not even former Prime Minister Winston Churchill himself, on the other side of the pond, could allow that to happen, for the COMMUNISTS to achieve such an incredible scientific victory so early in their history...
Might have tipped the scales of the world toward Communism...
America HAD to beat Soviet Russia to the MOON!
Or, at least, ACCOMPANY them...
When KRUSCHEV met with KENNEDY on June 4th, 1961, he laughed in Kennedy's face when Kennedy suggested a JOINT Moon effort.
Russia was SO far ahead, why share VICTORY with America?
Kennedy then became INFLAMED with the certainty that America would have a Man on the Moon FIRST, at all costs.
Out of all that, NASA was born.
NASA was created SOLELY to help America achieve Military Superiority in SPACE...
(Remember, all the early astronauts were picked from a pool of FIGHTER PILOTS...)
AND to place a Man on the MOON before RUSSIA.
They were NOT created to search for Alien Life.
People have them confused with S.E.T.I.
NASA wasn't created to EXPOSE Alien Life, and they will NEVER do so.
NOT THEIR JOBS.
Once they placed a Man on the Moon, they had to SCRAMBLE for new ideas to keep their people EMPLOYED.
Hence THE SPACE SHUTTLE.
And DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION.
And photographing PLANETS and ASTEROIDS.
And staring into the SUN.
And other scientific endeavors....
NASA does not search for ALIENS. They KNOW where they are. They are keeping TABS on them, be CERTAIN....
But they will NEVER tell us about them...
It is NOT their purpose....
THIS is the ASTEROID Anne Frank, by the way.
There is a CITY upon it, and NASA cannot tell US...