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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
– Neil Armstrong

Did you know that part of this now famous phrase was lost in transmission as it was broadcast to the world? The word a was lost in radio transmission as Armstrong spoke to mission control in Houston, Texas. Subsequently, the phrase is often remembered as ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Regardless, astronaut Neil Armstrong got his point across. His step from the Apollo 11 lunar module, Eagle on July 20, 1969 onto the surface of the moon was more than just an ordinary step. The three astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins aboard the Apollo 11 mission were making history. As Armstrong and Aldrin stepped onto the surface of the moon they were becoming the first humans in history to do so.

Once on the moon, the astronauts had no trouble adjusting to the weak lunar gravity. They found rocks and soil samples and photographed their positions before picking them up. The astronauts also set up automatic science equipment on the moon. Meanwhile, from the orbiting command/service module, Collins conducted various scientific observations and took photographs. An important task of the Apollo astronauts was the recovery of samples from the lunar surface for study.

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of this momentous occasion. Only six Apollo moon landings have successfully landed humans on the moon since. Moving forward to today, space exploration has reached extraordinary heights. Methods to reduce waste and create more efficient rockets are paving the way to reduce the cost involved with space flight thus, enabling more opportunities to continue to explore our amazing solar system and beyond. Plus creating new ways of manufacturing products to assist with life on Earth.

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