1969 Apollo 11 lands on the moon


Background

During the Cold War not only was there a arms race between Russia and America but there was also a space race. It started to look bad for us when Russia launched the first satellite successfully but that all changed with Apollo 11.

Summary

On July 20, 1969 the first people landed on the moon. Apollo 11 was the first space craft to carry people to the surface of the moon. On July 16th the space craft launched from Florida. On the 20th the craft landed on the surface of the moon with Neil Armstrong and Edwin Eugene Aldrin, the command craft orbited above with the third crew member Michael Collins. On the 21st Aldrin and Armstrong were the first humans to ever walk on the moon this was the famous quote from Neil Armstrong “One small step for man one giant leap for man kind.” They stayed on the moon for 21 hours and 31min collecting rocks. When they got back to Earth they landed in the pacific ocean and were considered national heros. This mission completed President Kennedy’s goal. “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth”. After Apollo 11 there were 5 other Apollo missions.



Analysis

This achievement by America ended the space race with the Soviet Union. This brought a sense of peace to the American people. They no longer had to live thinking that he U.S.S.R was going to beat the U.S. to the moon. They no longer had to face the same fear like when the Soviets launched the first functional satellite into orbit. The American people now knew that this meant the United States had the best technology. This also raised moral in the states and gave a sense of pride back to the American people.