Space ExplorationAt the end of 1968, americans became the first human beings to reach the moon. seven months later, they were the first to actually walk on the moon.
their telecast gave earthbound viewers an unforgettable view of the moon. Astronaut lovell reported, “the moon is essentially grey, no color. we can see quite a bit of detail.
the craters are all rounded off.”On christmas eve, the astronauts of apollo 8 (borman, lovell, and anders) gave their best description of the moon in a most impressive telecast. “this is apollo 8 coming to you live from the moon,” reported borman, focusing his camera on the lunar surface. “the moon is a different thing to each of us,” said borman. “my impression is that its a vast, lonely, forbidding-type existence…
it certainly would not be a very inviting place to live or work.”Lovell agreed, but added, “the vast loneliness up here is awe-inspiring, and it makes you realize just what you have back there on earth.”In apollo 11, the astronauts landed on the moon on july 25, 1969. astronaut neil armstrong called out the word everyone was waiting for.
.”houston,” he called. “tranquility base here.
the eagle has landed.” all of america was on the edge of their seats. it was a very exciting time; cheers, tears and frantic applause went up around the nation.”Thats one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” became the watchword when u.s.
Astronaut armstrong said this as he placed his foot firmly on the fine-grained surface of the moon. after centuries of dreams and prophecies, the moment had come. man broke his terrestrial shackles and set foot on another world.
the new view could help man place his problems, as well as his world, in a new perspective.