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How I wonder what you are…
Only 12 people have ever made
the longest ever human
journey, a round trip of half a
Communist Russia takes an early lead in the ‘space
race’, with the first satellite in 1957 and the first man in
space, Yuri Gagarin in 1960.
‘I believe that this nation should commit itself, to achieving the
goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and
returning him safely to the Earth’
John F Kennedy,
President of the United States, 1961
Cape Canaveral, Florida,
July 16 1969
To put a man on the moon
Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin
It took three days to reach the moon.
Neil Armstrong, 38 years old, knew he’d been chosen to
be the first man on the moon…
…if the mission succeeded.
20 July 1969
The lunar module, the Eagle, is dropped
towards the surface of the moon
20 July 1969
live TV pictures
‘this is one small step for a man,
one giant leap for mankind’
Armstrong and Aldrin spent about two and a half
hours on the moon, taking pictures, setting up
experiments, and collecting samples of moon rock
Before they left the moon they were able to
photograph the Earth, as it rose above the
Neither astronaut can remember who
actually took this picture.
In 1999, the American magazine, Time,
voted this picture as ‘the photographic
image of the twentieth century’
The picture is called ‘Earthrise’
safely to the
took this picture.
Splashdown, near Hawaii, Pacific Ocean
24 July 1969
Apollo 12 (Nov 69) Apollo 14 (Feb 71) Apollo 15 (Jul 71)
Apollo 16 (Apr 72) Apollo 17 (Dec 72)
The final mission, Apollo 17, managed to finally
get the ‘whole Earth’ photo.
It cost $24,000,000,000 in 1960s money, 5% of the
entire spending of the US government in the 1960s.
Why was it ever done? Really just political rivalry with
Russia, it’s unlikely that America or any other country
would be willing to spend that much now.
Was it worth it?
Since then there have been
over 200 shuttle missions,
space stations, space
walks, but all in Earth orbit.
THE ENDTHE END
Hope you liked the pictures!
Space is wonderful.