18.07.20 Otd Walk on the Moon

July 20, 2018
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July 20, 1969
“One Giant Leap for Mankind”

600M people across the globe were glued to their TV sets as Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon.

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The Race Into Space

In 1961, three years after the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik satelliteA into space, Pres. Kennedy announced his goal of sending an American to the moon by the end of the decade (and before the Soviets).

On July 16, 1969, Armstrong, Aldrin, and Mike Collins, blasted off for the moon. They accomplished their mission & returned 8 days later.

Apollo Moon Missions

  • NASA launched 11 lunar missions from 1963 to 1972.
  • During 6 of those missions, 12 astronauts (all men) landed on the moon.
  • In 1973, NASA said theA total cost of the moon missions was $25B.

A New Era of Space Exploration?

It’s been more than 45 years since NASA went to the moon.

Astronauts say politics & costs are largely to blame.

Today, support for NASA is bipartisan and Pres. Trump’s 2019 budget allocates $$ for a trip to moon, and eventually, a visit to Mars.

The Apollo 11 astronauts left behind a U.S. flag, a patch honoring the Apollo 1 crew, and a plaque reading: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."

by Jenna Lee,