Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, the two names every schoolchild learns when it comes to knowledge place. The former is the first person to step on the moon and the latter is the second. Today is July 20th, 2021 and it’s 52nd NASA‘s Apollo 11 Mission that these two US astronauts landed on the moon in 1969.
Ever since the USSR was the first country to send a human into space, the US has wanted to outperform its greatest rival in space. A little over eight years later, they not only succeeded in sending astronauts into space, but also landed two of them on the moon.
The Apollo 11 mission was commanded by Neil Armstrong with pilot Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins, who was never allowed to step on the moon as his job was to hold the command module Columbia into orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin landed safely on the moon in the lunar module Eagle. The space modules were carried this far into space with the help of the Saturn V rocket, a three-stage, 363-foot rocket with 7.5 million pounds of thrust.
When there were only 30 seconds of fuel left
When Armstrong landed the lunar module on the lunar surface, there were only 30 seconds of fuel left, according to NASA. Then he radioed: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle islanded.” At that time there was cheering at Mission Control. According to Armstrong, the moon landing was his greatest concern; he said, “The unknown was prevalent” and “There were only a thousand things to worry about.” It took them three days after launch from Earth to put their spacecraft into lunar orbit.
Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins are making giant leaps for humanity
According to NASA, over half a billion people saw the moon landing on television. Armstrong was the first to reach the surface of the moon. After that he said the famous words: “This is a small step for a man, a giant leap for humanity.” Aldrin was the next to dismount from the eagle, and commented on the environment they were in as “great devastation.” Both spent around two and a half hours on the satellite, taking photos and rehearsing. Before joining Collins, who was in control of the main module, they left the flag of the United States, a badge in honor of the fallen Apollo 1 crew, and a plaque on one of Eagle’s legs that read, “This is where men from planet earth get their feet first set”. on the moon in July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind. ”The crew reached Earth on July 24th and landed in the Pacific Ocean, whereupon they were picked up by the USS Hornet.