Apollo Moon Landing
On July 16th 1969, Apollo eleven's three highly skilled astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins were the first men to set foot onto the Moon. The race into space all started after the Russian space program successfully sent a man into orbit, the US joined the race and said they would send men to the moon. As Neil Armstrong took the first step onto the moon, he stated "One small step for man, One huge leap for mankind." from there on he would be remembered and glorified as the man who took the first step onto the moon.
The New York times is a very well trusted and respected media outlet and it was one of many to report the historic event. The Media went onto praise the astronauts by stating that this is the mark of the century over and over again. President Nixon also got into the movement by praising the astronauts saying, "For one priceless moment in the whole history of man all the people on this earth are truly one." The media created this perspective by saying what Nixon actually said and making this event into something that everyone was going to remember. Many People believed that this would spark the age of space exploration and set peace to earth.
Thousands of miles away the country who once was an ally, but now are enemy in the cold war and our rival in the space race. This creates a whole new perspective from ours in the U.S. The people of the USSR were outraged and ashamed that they had failed to beat the U.S many medias in the Soviet union portrayed it as a hoax that never happened. Nikita Khrushchev stated to the media that, "Some people tried to pretend that this event never occurred, some were insulted."
Media Bias Explained
The Media portrayed these events completely different between the two rivaling countries because both the U.S and the USSR were the military and economic power house after World War II. The U.S and the free republic state was up against the oppressive, communist Soviet Union. The two countries hated each other and would be ecstatic to see the other bend to its will. When the Soviet Union successfully sent the first man into space, the U.S couldn't stand by and let them own space, so we stepped in and started the Apollo program amidst the cold war.
The Race to Space between the United states and the USSR was a very ongoing battle on who was going to be the one that made it into space, then who would set foot onto the moon. Historical Criticism would effect our view on it today different than it would 60 years ago. After the event, the public either had a positive or negative outlook onto this event, the United States were thrilled that they had one the race and landed the first men onto the moon. Whereas the USSR were outraged and tried to say it was a hoax due to the fact that they lost the race. Now I believe that both countries would be happy that we have made such a leap instead of fighting about such a technology advancing time era.
Feminist Criticism is the second view we can look at the Apollo landing in a different type of perspective. The Apollo eleven crew was an all male crew just like how USSR sent a single man into space, they didn't believe females were capable of the responsibilities and tasks that were at hand during space travel. Later on in future Apollo missions they introduced more females into the crews but not during the ear where females still didn't have equal power and rights like they do today in the twenty-first century.
Apollo11: Lunar Landing July 20, 1969