John F Kennedy set the US on course for that in a 1961 speech, largely to beat a USSR that had put a man in orbit (Yuri Gargarin) B4 the US did with John Glenn.
As the other planets in this solar system (and our airless moon) are uninhabitable, and the next closest star (Proxima Centauri) would take about 20,000 years
to reach with our best technology, the Apollo Project was meaningless symbolism.
But communications satellites, right? Nope
, the launches into orbit of the Project Mercury that Glenn went up in (and the spacewalk repairs then developed in the mostly ignored today Project Gemini) would have allowed for GPS, climate research from space, the shuttle, etc. etc.
Nothing against Armstrong (one of a few dozen
astronauts who could have done what he did) but the Apollo Project was totally symbolic; and diverted resources needed on Earth to the ovarated JFK's fixation with "national muscle-flexing" by the US.