An occassion such as this deserves a post. Today, July 20th 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the surface of the moon. Apollo built off of the Mercury and Gemini missions, of which explored the tech and skills needed to survive in orbit and in space. After the tragic deaths of the Apollo 1 crew, the remaining missions prepared for the procedures needed to travel and land on the lunar surface. Apollo 8 and 10 both went to the moon without landing.
Our culture and future was forever changed the moment Armstrong stated
“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”
That moment and the years that follow are a game changer. later it would be shown that the space race was no race at all, and exposed that the Soviet union was falling apart economically. The world was forever changed due to the advances made during the program.
So there you have it I could say a lot more but I won’t. You should spend the time reading about it. NASA has audio photos and video up on their website, there’s always wikipedia. I’ll leave you all today with the words left there at the landing site 40 years ago today:
“Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”
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