The First Person on The Moon
The First Person on the MoonIt was 1961. John F. Kennedy was the president of the United States. Hewanted to land humans on the moon. The United States had just startedtrying to put people in space. Was NASA ready to go to the moon? Thepresident and NASA knew they could do it. They were ready to put peopleon the moon. Apollo 11’s mission was to land two men on the moon. Theyalso had to come back to Earth safely.
(Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin flew on the Apollo 11 mission. Image Credit: NASA)
Apollo 11 blasted off on July 16, 1969. Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz”Aldrin and Michael Collins were the astronauts on Apollo 11.
Four days later, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon. They landedon the moon in the Lunar Module. It was called the Eagle. Collinsstayed in orbit around the moon. He did experiments and took pictures.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on themoon. He and Aldrin walked around for three hours. They didexperiments. They picked up bits of moon dirt and rocks.
(The sign the astronauts left on themoon says, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moonJuly 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” Image Credit: NASA)
They put a U.S. flag on the moon. They also left a sign on the moon.
The two astronauts returned to orbit, joining Collins. On July 24, 1969, all three astronauts came back to Earth safely.
President Kennedy’s wish came true. It took less than 10 years. Humans had walked on the moon.