Apollo 11

Apollo 11 Moon Landing

The Apollo 11 Moon landing was the very first manned mission that made it to the moon. The shuttle launched on July 16, 1969, and carried an all-veteran crew aboard.  The Apollo 11 landing completed a goal of the former President John F. Kennedy, who expressed his wish to land on the moon in a speech given in 1961. For more information, go to Wikipedia and Smithsonian.

The crew of the Apollo 11 moon landing was made up of the following: Neil Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot; and Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot. A brief biography of each member can be read at History. Kids can also read about the crew from the kid friendly page of Kidport.
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The Apollo 11 moon landing was a significant part of history, especially regarding the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union. The Soviets and America were engaged in a race for space, and the Soviets were ahead of the Americans. To land first on the moon would show the United States’ superiority in space technology, engineering, management and leadership. To learn more about the significance of the landing in regards to the Cold War, go to Apollo: An American Victory and this article on Sputnik and Apollo 11.

Neil Armstrong’s speech after landing on the moon was heard by over half of a billion people over a telecast, as can be read about at Class Brain. His famous words, “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, were spoken at 10:56 p.m. EDT on July 20, 1969. However, Armstrong meant to say “That’s one small step for a man…” To hear a recording of the famous quote, click here. For a discussion and theories on the subject, go to Chron.

More information can be found at Science which describes the mission, crew, launch and more. Vibration Data explains the reasoning of the flight, the flight itself, the return and more. The History Place has photographs, text and additional links regarding the Apollo 11 moon landing, and for more information about space, visit NASA. For photography, mission overview, science experiments and lunar samples, visit LPI.

The Apollo 11 moon landing was a huge step in space exploration for man. The return of the Apollo 11 crew brought with it change and hope for the future, as well as pride at being the first to land on the moon. To learn about the praise of the astronauts on their return, read what President Nixon said at Scholastic.


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