Apollo 11 lands on the Moon!

July 21, 1969

Eight years after Kennedy's dream, Neil Armstrong walks on the moon.

On May 21, 1961, president Kennedy proposed that, “this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” Yesterday Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, followed by crew Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The astronauts are planned to return soon with the first samples of another planetary body. The Apollo program is expected to continue through the years as well, sending more astronauts to the moon to gather information for scientific study.

The Apollo missions were not just successful like this one. The Apollo 1 mission ended in a great tragedy, a fire that killed the entire crew. This was a huge set back for the program. This event occurred on January 27, 1967. All Apollo missions with Saturn rockets were postponed for an entire year. The program re-engineered the wire bundles that cause the fire and the program continued.

Next came the manned space missions starting on Apollo 7 up until Apollo 10. All of these mission gather information on the Apollo 11 flight to the moon. these mission tested different rockets, orbit paths, atmosphere re-entry heat shields, and landing sites: All for the success of Apollo 11. The planning of this great mission will surely be implemented in the future Apollo missions to come.