The Giant Leap

Posted: July 20, 2009 by April Watkins in Current Events, NASA, Patriotism, Patriots
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On July 20, 1969 the United States of America landed the first manned spacecraft on the Moon. Today, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of this amazing achievement. 

FROM WIKIPEDIA

Apollo 11 Crew

Apollo 11 Crew

The United States space agency NASA achieved the first manned landing on Earth’s Moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission commanded by Neil Armstrong. On July 20, 1969, lunar module Eagle landed on the surface of the Moon, carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Armstrong was the first human to set foot on the moon and Aldrin the second. Michael Collins orbited above. Armstrong and Aldrin spent a day on the surface of the Moon before returning to Earth. To this day, twelve people have walked across the moon’s terrain.

Armstrong makes first human step on the Moon

Armstrong makes first human step on the Moon

 

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Neil Armstrong, NASA Astronaut, Apollo 11 Mission

 

 

FROM NASA

Apollo 11 crew and Mission Control Creator

Apollo 11 crew and Mission Control Creator

On the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11, humanity’s first landing on the moon, Apollo 11 crew members, Buzz Aldrin, left, Michael Collins, second from left, Neil Armstrong and NASA Mission Control creator and former NASA Johnson Space Center director Chris Kraft, right, gathered at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Sunday, July 19, 2009. The four were speakers at the Museum’s 2009 John H. Glenn lecture in space history. On the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11, humanity’s first landing on the moon, Apollo 11 crew members, Buzz Aldrin, left, Michael Collins, second from left, Neil Armstrong and NASA Mission Control creator and former NASA Johnson Space Center director Chris Kraft, right, gathered at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Sunday, July 19, 2009. The four were speakers at the Museum’s 2009 John H. Glenn lecture in space history.

Moon landing salute to flagClick here to see NASA’s online exhibition of the moon landing and moon walk. 

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