President John F Kennedy announced in a speech on May 25, 1961 that America would put a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s. Throughout that decade huge developments in technology were brought about in order to fulfil the promise of the first moon landing.
There were many setbacks and technical problems and even the deaths of astronauts that ultimately led to a level of knowledge to launch Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. The three crew were Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Edwin Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin Jr, Lunar Module Pilot and Michael Collins who was the Command Module Pilot.
Four days later on 20th July 1969 they landed on the moon, and on the 21st July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on our nearest neighbour. He was followed by Aldrin, while Collins stayed in orbit above the moon.
- Common Questions
- Are there any planets still to be found?
- Do any planets have any living things?
- Do any planets have water on them?
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- The Apollo 11 Expedition
- What different elements are the planets made of?
- What is a space rocket made of?
- What is the most interesting planet?
- What order do the planets go in?
- Which is the newest planet?
- Which is the oldest planet?
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- How did the Earth form?
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