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Apollo ran from 1961 to 1972, with the first manned flight in 1968.
Dryden announced the Apollo program to industry representatives at a series of Space Task Group conferences.
Up to the election of 1960, Kennedy had been speaking out against the "missile gap" that he and many other senators felt had formed between the Soviets and themselves due to the inaction of President Eisenhower.
Despite Kennedy's rhetoric, he did not immediately come to a decision on the status of the Apollo program once he became president.
While the Mercury capsule could only support one astronaut on a limited Earth orbital mission, Apollo would carry three astronauts.
Possible missions included ferrying crews to a space station, circumlunar flights, and eventual manned lunar landings.