Apollo 11

Patrick Libecco


"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" are the famous words Neil Armstrong said as he took his first step onto the moon. Apollo 11 is the mission that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and all of America to the moon.


Three people flew the moon landing mission; Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Armstrong and Aldrin were in the lunar module and Michael Collins was in the command module. All successful pilots in the air force.
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Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins left for the moon July 16, 1969 and got there on July 20. The moon is awfully rocky and dangerous to land on but the Sea of Tranquility was the smoothest part of the moon so they landed there. The reason we ended up on the moon is because of the arms race and the promise that John F. Kennedy made that they would make it to the moon by the end of the '60s.


The astronauts had to eat and drink from tubes and straws and they couldn't shower for the 4 days they were up there. The moon is approximately 242,000miles away from the earth. There were 2 parts of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, the lunar module called the Eagle which Armstrong and Aldrin were in, and the command module called the Columbia that Collins was in orbiting the moon. Armstrong landed the craft 16 seconds before they had to turn around.


Apollo 11 was overall very successful and lead to greater things from NASA. Neil Armstrong was made an American hero for his work along with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
First Moon Landing 1969