Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (191763)
Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said Because it is there. Well, space is there, and were going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there.
President JOHN F. KENNEDY, address on the nations space effort, Rice University, Houston, Texas, September 12, 1962.Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962, p. 668.
Mallorys remark, Because its there, was reported in The New York Times, March 18, 1923, p. 11, during his visit to New York.