20-07- Apollo 11

On this day 1969. man first time landed on the Moon.

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface .  A third member of the mission, Michael Collins, piloted the command spacecraft alone in lunar orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned to it just under a day later for the trip back to Earth.

Crew

Crew

Broadcast on live TV to a world-wide audience, Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event with famous words  “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by the late US President John F. Kennedy in a speech before the United States Congress, “before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.

The Soviet Union was secretly attempting to compete with the US in landing a man on the Moon but had been hampered by repeated failure. Meanwhile, they tried to beat the US to return lunar material to the Earth by means of unmanned probes. On July 13, three days before Apollo 11’s launch, they launched Luna 15, which reached lunar orbit before Apollo 11. During descent, a malfunction caused Luna 15 to crash in Mare Crisium about two hours before Armstrong and Aldrin took off from the surface.

Moment of landing

Moment of landing

The Jodrell Bank Observatory radio telescope in England was later discovered to have recorded transmissions from Luna 15 during its descent, and this was published in July 2009 on the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Fun fact: Neil Armstrong’s personal preference kit carried a piece of wood from the Wright brothers’ 1903 airplane’s left propeller and a piece of fabric from its wing.

Today there are many theories about this event. May people thinks  that it was fake and filmed in the desert. Big evidence for them is the flag that is moving, but there is no wind on the moon etc.
What is your opinion about that theories? Was this landing real or staged? Do not be afraid to comment 🙂

Have a great 20.07.2014.

Sandi

 

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