On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched, its destination was the Moon. It was carrying three astronauts: Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Four days later, on July 20, a small craft left the main spaceship. This craft was known as the Eagle and on board were Armstrong and Aldrin. It touched down on the surface of the Moon in an area known as the Sea of Tranquillity.
Upon landing, Neil Armstrong reported “The Eagle has landed”.
A few hours later, Armstrong, stepped from the Eagle, placed one foot upon the Moon’s surface and declared: “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind”.
Aldrin joined him and they spent over two hours together outside the craft. They conducted experiments and collected lunar material to bring back to Earth.
Armstrong’s first step onto the lunar surface was shown on live TV to an audience across the world.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy had proposed a goal: “before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” From that emerged the Apollo space programme and, almost a decade later, the successful Apollo 11 mission.
When will man walk on the Moon again? No one knows.
- astronauta = astronaut
- astronave / nave espacial = spaceship / spacecraft
- la Luna = the Moon
- la Tierra = the Earth
- estrellas = stars
- espacio = space