1969~The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Kailani Gaudet

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Who, What, Where, When and Why

President Kennedy was ready to finally complete his challenge of to put a man on the moon before the decade is out with the Apollo 11. The Apollo 11 moon landing crew consisted of Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. They were allowed the opportunity to be part of the crew that would be the first " man on the moon" and also the US wanted to beat Russia during the space race by having the first crew to land on the moon. On July 16,1969 the Kennedy Space Center prepped the crew and on July 20, 1969 at 9:32 am the crew was prepped for the last time as they were launched into the atmosphere to complete their mission to land on the moon and landing safely. They splashed down off the coast Hawaii on July 24. President Kennedy's challenge has been met,men from Earth had walked on the moon and returned safely home.

Perspective #1

President Kennedy was eager to allow NASA to conduct the first manned flight to the moon. . 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 steps down out of the space craft and onto the moon, "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 . We came in peace for all mankind."
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perspective #2-Was it all a Hoax?

Nearly 4 decades since Neil Armstrong and his crew took their giant " leap for man kind", however that is if his crew ever did 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 clearly state that the flag's movement shows the presence of wind which would not be obtainable in space. They also state that many of the photos the crew apparently "took" in space and while on the moon are fake and an contradict themselves. Such as one that shows a reflection of Armstrong and the lunar lander in Buzz Aldrin's visor.

Media Bias

As of right now, I believe that the Apollo 11 had indeed landed on the moon and that it is true. Until the critics can bring up more compelling evidence that can contradict my argument. 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 awaited for the crews return, and as they did return many waited 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.

Criticism #1- Feminist Criticism

First "man on the moon" crew up into space, just without any female crew members. During the space race to be the first on the moon, they were clearly portraying feminist criticism by saying first "man" on the moon. Throughout the articles it will list and talk about the three crew members-who just happen to be men-and how they were successful in landing on the moon and coming safely back down to earth. It also gives credit to many of the people involved in the mission however little to no female members were listed or acknowledged. And as of right now there has been no female that has been to the moon yet.
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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.

Apollo Moon Landing - AUTHENTIC FOOTAGE


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