Apollo 11 By Emma Derstine

On May 25, 1961, John F. Kennedy announced he wanted humans on the moon in the next decade.

The U.S. created the Eagle lunar lander, which was to be launched off into space by the Saturn V rocket.

On the left there is a picture of the Eagle, and on the right there is an image of Saturn V.

The launch occurred at 9:32 am EDT, July 16, 1969. It was successful.

The launch of Apollo 11.

The journey to the moon would cover 240,000 miles, and take 4 days of spaceflight.

When the astronauts were ready to land, they had 90 seconds worth of fuel. When they used that up, they would be forced to abort.

After a few complications dealing with navigation Armstrong took manual control of the Eagle. He landed it with just 20 seconds worth of fuel left. Mission control had something to say about their narrow escape:

"You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. They’re breathing again. Thanks a lot.”

The Eagle touched down at 4:18 pm, EDT, on July 20th of 1969.

As Armstrong stepped down, he announced his famous line:

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

The Eagle, along with the astronauts, took back off at 1:54 pm, July 21st.

As the Apollo 11 crew touched back down to Earth on July 24th, 12:50 pm, 1969 the whole United States burst into cheer. They knew what a tremendous accomplish this was. They knew that it was an meaningful moment in history. And, most importantly, they knew what a giant step they were taking for the whole of mankind.






Created with images by Luigi Mengato - "Moon" • kelliwhitman - "'Saturn V'" • WikiImages - "apollo 11 start rocket launch" • NASA Goddard Photo and Video - "Lunar Module" • WikiImages - "astronaut space suit moon landing" • purpleslog - "Apollo 11"

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