July 20, 1969: First Man Walks on the Moon
On this day in 1969, the spaceflight Apollo 11 landed the first humans, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the moon. People watched worldwide as Armstrong took that momentous first step onto the moon, declaring, “This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” (Although he wanted to say “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”) He changed it after looking at the Earth from the moon. He said he didn’t feel like a giant, just very small. That is one thing astronomy will do for you. Once you understand the scale of the universe, you realize how very petty and self centered we humans can be, I mean after all….everyone knows that I am the center of the universe. (insert canned laughter here.)
In 1961. John F. Kennedy was the president of the United States. He wanted to land humans on the moon. The United States had just started trying to put people in space. Apollo 11’s mission was to land two men on the moon and bring them back safely.
Apollo 11 blasted off on July 16, 1969. Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins were the astronauts.
Four days later, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon. They landed on the moon in the Lunar Module called the Eagle. Collins stayed in orbit around the moon. He did experiments and took pictures.
The sign the astronauts left on the moon says, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” Image Credit: NASA
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