What Lunar Landing Taught Humanity?

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” — Neil Armstrong the moments after he stepped on the Moon.

At 9:32 a.m. EDT ( 13:32 UTC) on July 16, with the world watching, Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center with Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins. Administrator Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin handled the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC, and Armstrong became the first man to step onto the Moon’s surface six hours and after 39 minutes, on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Aldrin went along with him 19 minutes after the fact, and they spent around two and a quarter hours together investigating the site they had named Sea of Tranquility after landing.

Regardless of signal issues, Armstrong and Aldrin figured out how to stay in correspondence with both Mission Control and third Apollo 11 space traveler Michael Collins circling above them in the command module.

Watch The Moon Landing Sequence Below Here:

Historical Footage of Neil Armstrong Landing On Moon on 21st July, 1969. Source: NASA

In the late 1950s and mid 1960s, the United States was participated in the Cold War, an international contention with the Soviet Union. On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union sent off Sputnik 1, the primary artificial satellite. This unexpected achievement terminated fears and minds all over the planet. It exhibited that the Soviet Union had the capacity to convey atomic weapons over intercontinental distances, and tested American cases of military, monetary and mechanical prevalence. This hastened the Sputnik emergency, and set off the Space Race to demonstrate which superpower would accomplish predominant spaceflight capacity. President Dwight D. Eisenhower answered the Sputnik challenge by making the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and starting Project Mercury, which intended to send off a man into Earth orbit. In any case, on April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin turned into the principal individual in space, and the first to orbit the Earth. Almost a month after the fact, on May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard turned into the principal American in space, finishing a 15-minute suborbital excursion. Subsequent to being recuperated from the Atlantic Ocean, he got a complimentary call from Eisenhower’s successor, John F. Kennedy.

Neil Armstrong With Eagle Module. Source: NASA

On May 25, 1961, Kennedy tended to the United States Congress on “Urgent National Needs” and pronounced:

I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade [1960s] is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate lunar space craft. We propose to develop alternate liquid and solid fuel boosters, much larger than any now being developed, until certain which is superior. We propose additional funds for other engine development and for unmanned explorations — explorations which are particularly important for one purpose which this nation will never overlook: the survival of the man who first makes this daring flight. But in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the Moon — if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.

— Kennedy’s speech to Congress

This speech made the Congress, people of the US and the people around the world to push for better technology, to pursue for the Heavens. When Kennedy proposed for mission to step on the Moon, many people claimed him to be out of his mind. Many people believed Moon as a God and stepping on God is a sin.

N. Armstrong (Left), Michael Collins (Centre), Buzz Aldrin (Right)

When Armstrong, and Aldrin landed on the Moon, they showed the world that moon is a rock, just like Earth and not a God. Exploration of the Moon also created new business opportunities for technological innovations and applications and utilization of new resources. Today, it is the 53rd Anniversary of the First man-stepped-mission on Moon. In 1969, the computer used for lunar landing used 4kb of RAM. The technology has taken a new wave of innovation since then. Imagine, going to the Moon in 1969 with present technology… we could make a round trip to Moon, return to the Earth’s orbit, then revolve round the Earth and then land on the Earth.

Neil Armstrong With Buzz aldrin and Eagle Module (In Reflection). Source: NASA

Landing humans on the Moon and bringing them back safely was a formidable technological challenge. And the time within which that was accomplished was incredibly short. The first human spaceflight was in 1961. Kennedy’s speech announcing that we would go to the Moon before the end of the decade was in 1961. Within only eight years we not only figured out how to send humans to the Moon and get them back, but we actually did it. That was the first time in human history that a person set foot on another planetary body. It’s something that will never happen again. Now we are pursuing to GO BACK TO THE MOON and we are going to the MARS.

People are interested naturally, “the drive towards better comprehension,” implying that it is the craving to comprehend what you realize that you don’t. At the point when Copernicus let us know that Earth spins around the Sun, it was first acknowledged by Church yet later was restricted. At the point when Galileo invented Telescope and sent off it toward the moon alongside his own destiny, he let people know that Moon has slopes and valleys, similar to the Earth. He let people know that Earth Revolves around the Sun and was censured for blasphemy since that was against Bible. At the point when we sought after for space mission, people all over the planet asserted not to meddle in God’s creation. It was consistently the protestants who set their grounds on to not meddle in the nature and creation of God.

For the sake of Humanity, for the survival of humanity, for the survival of life, for the drive to understand the very nature of the fabric of Cosmos, and to explore the nooks and corners of the Universe, Mankind must pursue for Interstellar travel.



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