1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Madison Burnette

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Who, What, When,Where, & Why

The Apollo 11 mission was created by NASA. They accepted President Kennedy's challenge during the cold war to place a man on the moon and return. This brave crew consisted of: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin a.k.a 'Buzz'. On July 16, 1969 the Kennedy Space Center prepared the 'Eagle' for takeoff for the lunar expedition. July 20, 1969 was when the famous words of Neil Armstrong had been spoken, "Tranquility Base here, The Eagle has landed." During this trip it allowed Buzz and Neil to collect samples and many photographs. Billions all over the world participated in the watching and listening as the crew explored our bright and powdery moon.
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Perspective #1 Media Portrayed Event

President Kennedy was eager to allow NASA to conduct the first manned flight to the moon in the massive Saturn V rocket named 'Eagle'. Within 3 days of space traveling the 3 crew members had begun its decent on Earths moon. The Kennedy Space Centers members went wild with celebration once the crew announced their seemingly impossible success. Armstrong states as he touches the alien surface, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." The strange desolate terrain is explored for over 2 hours then they return with many samples and photographs. Famously planting and leaving the American flag, a patch for the 1st Apollo crew, and a plaque stating "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind." In the end the crew returns in the waters off of Hawaii on July 24.
Apollo 11 Moonwalk Montage

Perspective #2 Media Portrayed Event

It's been nearly 4 decades since Neil Armstrong and his crew supposedly set foot on the moon. Many doubters believe that the government was desperate to defeat Russia in the space race, so desperate that they could have faked the whole thing. They have watched the film of Aldrin placing the flag on the moon that proves that they were indeed not in space. The critics state that the flag's movement shows effects of wind which would not be present in space. More questions as to why there are no stars visible photos and why didn't the landing modules on the moon make indents while the footprints did.

Media Bias Explained

For now i believe that the landing was genuine and true. I'll stay by this until further compelling evidence contradicting it turns up. The amount of money used to build the rocket and the lift off itself with the crew inside is enough evidence. Thousands of Americans enjoyed the departure and hesitated for the crews return, and as they did many gathered to greet them. President Nixon had even spoken to Armstrong and Aldrin via a telephone radio transmission after planting the flag on the moons surface. The men were even said to have slept that night on the moon looking at earth in reverse. The mission and space travel are very interesting, this mission has set in motion the advance for humans to begin frequent space travel soon.

Criticism #1

The mission of Apollo 11 consisted of only males. Apollos time between 1969-72 never embraced female astronauts. Even by saying 'one giant leap for mankind' is a display of feminist criticism as women are not men. In 1960-61, a small group of women pilots endured the same medical tests as the male astronauts, some scored very well on them or even better. Many of these women had flown since young ages and shared the same passion for flying and space travel. It is said that because of how fast NASA was wanting to go and their demand of a small crew the potential of female astronauts were accidentally missed. Ultimately the gender aspect just didn't seem of importance to NASA or the nation especially since the U.S. military didn't accept female pilots.

Criticism #2

Kennedy's challenge in 1961 May 26th to place a man on the moon by 1960 produced a huge historical event for mankind efforts in space travel. The cold war was also a result of this as Russia and the U.S. struggled with competing space developments to further mankind as a species. Given after the crew left objects to commemorate the moment and fallen members of the past they had spoken to president Nixon on a radio. Deeming it as the most historic phone call the White House had ever made. The mission had also allowed the opportunity for many samples and photographs scientist eagerly awaited as it provided may scientific studies.

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