• The Apollo 11 Expedition

    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.