President John F. Kennedy had courageous when he in a speach (which you can read here) in May 1961 said the following:
“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”
And the Americans managed to fulfill the goal of Kennedy.Â OnÂ July 16, 1969, the three astronautsÂ Neil Alden Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, Jr.Â was onboardÂ Apollo 11 on the way to the Moon. Four days later,Â July 20th, The EagleÂ landedÂ on the Lunar surface,Â Sea of Tranquility.
Here you can hear the countdown to the launches of Apollo 11.
So today does marks theÂ 40th years anniversary of Moon landing. There was great competitionÂ in theÂ 50′s and 60′sÂ between the Soviet Union and the United States. The Russians where ahead in the space race after they were first to send an artificial satellite (Sputnik 1), a living being (Laika theÂ dog) and the first man (Jurij Gagarin) into space. But the Americans were the first to land on another planet.
While Michael Collins was left in the main vessel Columbia, Neil Armstrong and Buzz AldrinÂ where inÂ The Eagle on the way to the Moon’s surface. In addition to the moon landing whitchÂ was a technical achievement for the Americans,Â it gaveÂ us perhaps two of the most famous quotes from the last century, namely “The Eagle has landed” and “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” as Armstrong saidÂ after he was theÂ first to set foot on foreign soil.
Here you can hear the sound clip from the Eagle’sÂ landing onÂ the Moon.
And here is the sound clip from Armstrong’s “speach“.
Here is the remastered edition of the moon landing in connection with the 40 year anniversary.
Here areÂ some images from the Apollo 11 expedition (taken from Great Images in NASA).
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