The First Moon Landing
On July 20, 1969, millions of people tuned in to see two American astronauts do a step that had never before been accomplished. They made history when Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin first stepped foot on the moon in their heavy space suits and oxygen-filled backpacks reached there by APOLLO 11.
Armstrong famously said, “That’s one little stride for a man, one huge leap for humanity,” when the pair placed a foot on the lunar surface for the first time.
The Race to Space
After a series of previous firsts in space, humans could take just one modest step. Sputnik 1, Russia’s first artificial satellite, was launched in 1957. Several American satellites were launched in the wake of this. Both nations aspired to be the first to put a person in orbit. first American in space The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was challenged by President John F. Kennedy to place a person on the moon in 10 years or less after these accomplishments’. NASA got back to work after the holiday. On July 16, 1969, three men sent into orbit aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft… as well as in the textbooks.
NASA authorities decided that Neil Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins were three astronauts that would go to Moon on Apollo 11. The spacecraft approached the moon’s surface only four days after being launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.
Before landing, the three guys broke off into smaller groups. Apollo 11 command module, Columbia, sent Collins into orbit around the moon, where he would stay until his return to Earth. Armstrong and Aldrin entered the Eagle, the lunar module that would carry them to the moon’s surface during Apollo 11, and started the descent.
Down to Earth
NASA announced the safe arrival of the Apollo 11 crew back to Earth on July 24, 1969. Ten astronauts would follow in the footsteps of Armstrong and Aldrin during the following few years. After the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, the final artificial mission to the moon occurred.
Even though humans haven’t returned to the moon since then, they continued exploring space. Mankind even developed the International Space Station (ISS). At this space research facility, they can perform experiments and explore space up close.
Today, NASA is focusing on transporting people to another planet: Mars. This optimism fueled by the success of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Successful landing of three individuals on moon and their return to Earth demonstrated that human exploration of space is conceivable.