On July 16, 1969, NASA launched the Apollo 11 mission with a Saturn V rocket from the Kennedy Space Center. It was the fifth mission of NASA’s Apollo program, with a crew consisting of commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, and command module pilot Michael Collins on board. After the crew landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on the moon on July 20, Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface on July 21. 19 minutes later, he was joined by Aldrin, while Collins was flying the command module Columbia in lunar orbit. At a site they named Tranquility Base, Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours and 31 minutes collecting 21.5 kg of lunar material to bring back to Earth before rejoining Columbia. After more than eight days of exploring space, they returned to Earth, splashing into the Pacific Ocean on July 24. The moment of Armstrong’s first steps on the moon was broadcast live worldwide, along with his famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Hanna Jeong Staff Reporter
1. Who were the people involved in the Apollo 11 mission?
2. What did they collect to bring back to Earth?
3. How many days did they spend exploring space?
1. Can you summarize what Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins did?
2. What do you think about the moon landing in general?
3. What do you think about the conspiracy theories that say the moon landing was faked?
4. Do you think we will ever visit the moon again?