tv 1976 Air Space Museum Dedication Ceremony CSPAN July 17, 2021 4:26pm-4:42pm EDT
♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ >> can beginning now on american history tv, it is america look at films from the 20th century. this week, president gerald ford as he presides over the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the smithsonian's national space museum in 1976. this film was recorded by the national photographic center and provided by the gerald r ford presidential library. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ >> president of the united states and the vice president of the united states. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ [applause] [applause] ♪ ♪♪
justice, mr. vice president, distinguished members of congress. secondary replay, it's english ladies and gentlemen. this beautiful new museum times exciting exhibits of the mastery of air and space, the perfect birthday present from the american people to themselves. although it is almost impolite to boast, perhaps we can say with patriotic pride the flying machines we see here, the wright brothers 12-horsepower claim to the latest space vehicle, mostly made usa. historic a flight in american, the wonder is that it has all happened within the lifetime in the memory of living americans. how many of us remember vividly the thrill of the first takeoff. many recall the first news
lindbergh's safe landing in paris. how many symantec first giant step the planet the american flag on the moon. at this moment, then manda i think the planet mars. it has only been 80 years since the smithsonian it likely launched his amanda pardo for half-mile flight before plunged into the potomac. the amazing american achievement in space tell us something even more important about ourselves on earth. the hallmark of the american inventors has been the willingness of the minute and eagerness to reach for the unknown. for three and a half centuries, americans and their ancestors have been explorers and inventors. pilgrims and pioneers all
searching for something new across the ocean at, across the continent, across the solar system, across the frontiers of science and beyond the boundaries of the human mind. and find within these walls and windows, are the products of american men and women is imagination and determination could not be confined. there is nothing no more american than saying you don't succeed, try try again. good americans be going to the atlantic seaboard, the wide open spaces of lured americans from our beginnings the frontier shaped and molded our society and our people. gertrude stein once wrote, in the united states, there is more space when nobody is man where anybody is.
this is what makes america what it is read indeed, the impact of the unknown or was dimly perceived to be healthcare has left a permanent mark on the american character pretty in the early 17th century, a few fragile vessels the discovery 1607, no mayflower in 20, sailed across 3000 miles of unfriendly sees. the passengers and crew far less about their destination in the american astronauts knew it liftoff but the lunar landscape a quarter million miles away. pilgrims fear the perils of the void print them is right and familiar land predict but the sentiments that the sustained them are recorded by governor bradford that all great and honorable actions are
accompanied it with great difficulties must be both enterprise and overcome with courage. and behind them lay the mighty oceans separating them from the world that they know and before them lay in untamed wilderness three half centuries later, that wilderness has been transformed. i continent once remote and isolated, now supports the mighty nation, a nation built by those who also dared to reach for the unknown. the discovery of this continent was unprecedented. and opened the eyes of mankind showing them that the world was bigger than they thought freedom nations first was unprecedented as well. any form of government was begun which would allow change by future generations yet secure basic rights to men and women. the chance to earn property was
given to those who have never had property grading education to those who never been educated. and in the world americans had to be any hard with a do-it-yourself society. fascination with the machines to light in the labor and increase production began very early. the practical problems of engineering and science required education. the hard life attracted few scholars from there and sometimes americans but the schools before their own rough cabins pretty by the time of the revolution, the colleges and universities in america than in the british isle. in many rubber declaration of independence will probably the best educated rebels and revolutionaries history had ever seen. when independence was won, the growth of free public education in the united states amazed the world and quickened her pace in
science and technology party our constitution and specifically can congress power to promote science and useful arts. by rewarding and authors inventors with patents and copyrights while some governments are always pure full of what individuals may try to discover, ours is always encouraged free inquiry with results speak for themselves. and it was just a century ago in philadelphia's centennial acquisition of 1876, that alexander graham bell first publicly demonstrated his telephones. today millions around the world can see and hear the highlights of history as they are happening. each new discovery as a result of each experiment humbles us by the dimension of the unknowns, our progress can be measured only by the extent of our knowledge, by increasing awareness of all that remains to be discovered to keep reaching into the unknown, we must remain
free. we must have freedom to find. and freedom to fail. and like our ancestors, we are always at the edge of the unknown. the next 100 years, the american spirit of adventure to find out even more with the forces of nature and artist them and preserve them, export great riches of the ocean, still in uncharted frontier. turn space into partner from controlling pollution and instant communication to every corner of the world. learn how to make our energy resources renewable drawnout energy from the sun and earth and develop new agricultural technological technologies so that all the deserts of the earth can bloom. conquer many more of humanity's deadly enemies such as cancer and heart disease now sorrow reminded us, well before the age
of aerospace, the frontiers are not east or west, north or south. wherever man goes in the american inventors driven forward by challenge competition and creativity and it demands of us slept and sacrificed and gives us substances satisfaction. our country was never ceased to be a place where men and women try the untried, test the impossible, and taken certain paths into the unknown. our bicentennial commemorates the beginning of such request. a daring attempt to build a new order in which freed people govern themselves and fulfill their individual destinies. but the best of the american adventure lies ahead. thomas jefferson said, i like to dream of the future, better than the history of the past. so did his friendly rival john
adams who wrote of the stream to see rising in america and liberty in prospective two or 300 millions of freeman without one noble one came among them. you say it, it is impossible, and i should agree with you on this, i would still say let us try the experiment regularly and, that each government continue. thank you. [applause] [applause] [inaudible].
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