First Lunar Landing

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The First Lunar Landing

The first lunar landing ever to happen in the history of mankind may be one of the most inspiring events of all time. America and its people went through tremendous amounts of stress dealing with the rivalry between Americans and the Soviet Union on who would be the first to put a man on the moon. The men and women that contributed to making this idea, or even a fantasy come to life will be remembered for hundreds, or even thousands of years.

On July 20th, 1969, the world had been changed forever. An event took place that made it clear that nothing is impossible. Two astronauts of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had set foot on the moon. The world watched in amazement as these men made history. Many factors led up to this event, and without them taking place, the lunar landing would have not even been a possibility.

The rivalry between America and the Soviet Union (now Russia) was no little issue. The Soviet Union had been successful in sending multiple satellites into space and even landing a probe on the moon according to Moon Landing by Nadia Higgins. The Soviet Union, in the world’s eyes was the most superior country at this time. Vice President, and Chairman of the Space Council, Lyndon Johnson wrote “In the eyes of the world, first in space is first, period. Second in space is second in everything.” according to Moon Landing by Nadia Higgins. This statement is what provided inspiration to the men and women that would make space travel take place.

On May 5th, 1961, the question of American space travel was answered. Alan Shepard Jr. became the first American to go into space. Even though he flew in space for a short fifteen minutes, Americans reacted with “overwhelming pride” according to Moon Landing by Nadia Higgins. The stage was set, and John F. Kennedy had announced “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and...
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