Mr. Lyons, Ms. Escorcia
7 December 2012
The Landing on the Moon
The Apollo program was to get man to step foot onto the moon, which back then was a very problematic thing to do. The Apollo 1 mission was a tragic loss to 3 Apollo astronauts to a fire on the launch pad. Apollo’s 7 and 9 were to test the Command and Lunar Modules, Apollo’s 8 and 10 were lunar orbit and return, Apollo 4 was the first all-up launch, Apollo 5 was the first test of lunar Module, Apollo 6 was the final uncrewed Apollo test flight, 11, 12, 14 15, 16, and 17 were all successful at completing the Apollo program goal. Apollo 11 was the first time a man set foot on the moon and took “the one small step for man, and one giant leap for mankind”. This mission made it possible to bring wealth to scientific data, research, and experiment of the moon. Background info:
During the big struggles of the Cold War, in 1961 President Kennedy presented a challenge to NASA, to put a man on the moon by 1970. After Kennedy’s speech it launched a space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. There were so many issues, situations, and problems that made it really tricky. But Kennedy's idea "didn't just come out of the blue," Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin told National Geographic News. “People had been studying what could be done—the Air Force in particular—in a far-reaching manner, like sending cargo to the moon." To reach the greatest technological achievement the world has ever seen seemed impossible but NASA was getting closer and closer to the moon’s surface and closer to showing America’s strengths. Finally, on July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong stepped foot onto the moon and was accompanied by Buzz Aldrin later, the goal and challenge set out in front of NASA was successfully achieved on July 24, 1969. Why was it a turning point?
The first moon landing is very important to American history for the way it innovated our...