The Moon, the largest object(perspective-wise) in our night sky as long as we can remember. It's so close that we can see the details of its surface with the naked eye. Naturally, being the curious creatures we are, we always wanted to go to the moon. And as of 1969, we have been to The Moon. But, before we made it to the moon, we first began, The Space Race.
The Space Race was race to be the greatest Super Power in Space between America and The USSR starting in 1955. The Space Race was born out of the cold war between these two nations. After WWII, the battle between The ideologies of Capitalism and Socialism/Communism was in full swing. The Space Race was just one more aspect of a bigger war. The Space Race would establish which World Super Power would claim Space Supremacy. In 1958, America formed The National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) to defeat the Soviets in The Space Race. In 1961, the chips seemed down for America, for something remarkable happen for the first time in history, man had reached Space. The First Man in Space was The Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin. This was a huge blow to The United States of America and it seemed that Communism would have won the Space Race. However, In 1969, the winner of The Space Race would be decided.
On July 20th, 1969, America would Launch the space mission Apollo 11 to put the man on the moon. America, and Capitalism, had won The Space Race. The Three Astronauts on Apollo 11 were Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong. The First Man to step on The Moon was Neil Armstrong. Neil Armstrong is quoted saying "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". What was once, impossible, began reality, man had stepped on The Moon.
The Apollo 11 Mission shows us that even the impossible can be done. There are those who still believe The Moon Landing was fake and that just shows how impossible it may seem to have occurred. Yet, we did it; We've been to the Moon. This goes to show that we will indeed, Advance to The Stars and beyond!
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