In a rare visit to the space center at Cape Canaveral bearing his father's name, John Kennedy Jr. saluted the Apollo program and an upcoming HBO miniseries chronicling America's race to the moon.

"I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before the decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth," he said, repeating his father's 1961 pledge."Thank you for fulfilling that pledge that was made 37 years ago," he told several hundred people gathered Wednesday night for the local premiere of HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon."

The crowd included Apollo program retirees as well as two men who flew to the moon: Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin and Apollo 15's Al Worden. Also in attendance: Kennedy's wife, Carolyn Bessette.