The Lewis and Clark expedition was the equivalent in its day of a journey to the moon. Both had skilled men leading the expedition, were used to collect data, and used many important other people to make their journey successful. Leading both expeditions were skilled men. Lewis was a skilled soldier, skilled woodsman, and was chief aid to Jefferson, while Clark was and expert map maker, he could calculate rivers, and he was an army commander. On the first American journey to the moon three highly skilled and trained astronauts took the challenge of getting to the moon and using what they have learned and applying it by really going to the moon. Both expeditions were used to collect data. Meriwether Lewis was put on the expedition was put on the expedition to collect and catalog new plants and animals on the trip while William Clark used the data and his skills to create maps of the area. On the journey to the moon many samples and experiments were done to collect data in order to bring back for more information on the unexplored area. Many other important people were used in both expeditions to make them successful. Sacajawea, Shoshone Indians, and many other Indians helped Lewis and Clark by showing them around the area, giving them a place to stay, and protecting them from dangers. The first journey to the moon would have never been a success if it wasn’t for the people who trained the astronauts, the mean or women who built the ship, and many others. The Lewis and Clark expedition and a journey to the moon both had skilled men leading the expedition, were used to collect data, and used many important other people, thus being equivalent in its day.