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July 20, 1969 – One Giant Leap for Mankind

July 20, 1969 – One Giant Leap for Mankind

July 20th is the anniversary of the first manned mission to land on the Moon. In 1961 President John F. Kennedy announced the goal he had set. The goal was before the end of the decade a man will land on the Moon and return safely. He accomplished this goal July 20th, 1969 from the Kennedy Space Center. The “Space Race” was ended with the launch of the Apollo 11. An estimated 600 million people around the world tuned in to watch the historic event. Not only did President Kennedy deliver on his promise of sending a man to the moon he also made well on his promise of bringing them home safely. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and crew returned safely home from the Moon and became legends. The astronauts were celebrated with a vast amount of parades and personal appearances. The famous quote from Neil Armstrong, “That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” is still etched into the American psyche.

The Apollo project was one of the United States most expensive projects costing roughly $25.4 billion. But well worth the money, the Moon landing inspired new generations to become scientists. Also, the technology of the Apollo 11 led to the development of space stations and new spacecrafts. The moon landing was deemed impossible, but NASA scientist made it possible.
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