One Big Leap
On the 20th of July 1969, it was a small step for man but big leap for mankind as it was the first time a person had landed on the moon.
It was a very big risk to do the landing of the moon because it has never been done before and dangerous. The very important mission was called Apollo 13. Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins were the lucky astronauts.
Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the two who stepped foot on the great moon. The famous words Buzz said when he landed was “Houston Tranquility Base here, The Eagle has landed”. They said the Eagle has landed because other than the mission called Apollo 13 it was also called The Eagle. When the space station heard those words they jumped for joy because they have achieved their goal.
After six and a half hours later Neil Armstrong opened the hatch of the spacecraft. The famous words Neil Armstrong said as he leaped on the moon was “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”
The first step was at 10:56 pm and was watched by millions of people across the world.
Neil Armstrong said “Thank you Mr. President. It’s a great honor and privilege for us to be here representing not only the United States but men of peace of all nations, men with interests and a curiosity and men with a vision for the future.”
They closed that hatch at 1:12 am to return back to Earth after staying on the moon for 2 hours and 21 minutes. Neil Armstrong said the moon’s surface is like fine and powdery”. “I can pick it up loosely with my toe. It’s in fine layers like powdered charcoal to the sole and sides of my boots. I only go in a small fraction of an inch, maybe an eighth of an inch. But I can see the footprints of my boots in the treads in the fine sandy particles”.
The landing of the moon is an iconic part of our history and that’s how they scientists have a better understand of our solar system and what the planets are all about. This discovery has driven scientists to found more about planets and if there are more to them.