THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: JULY 20, 1969

First Humans Walk on the Moon

Apollo 11-Moon LandingOn July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin landed an ungainly spacecraft named Eagle on the moon and spent two hours exploring the lunar surface. They left the next day, rendezvousing in lunar orbit with the command ship Columbia and returning safely to Earth. The Apollo 11 landing ended a decade of competition between the Soviet and American space programs, helped restore the America’s self-confidence, and launched an intensive program of exploration that transformed scientists’ understanding of the moon.

“The 1969 Moon Landing: First Humans to Walk on Another World.” Science and Its Times. Ed. Neil Schlager and Josh Lauer. Vol. 7. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Science in Context. Web.


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