“One giant leap for mankind”
Neil Armstrong

 

Anyone who is old enough will remember where they were on July 20th 1969; the day that man landed on the moon for the first time. 50 years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission. It is estimated that 650 million people watched the historic moment. The astronauts left many things on the moon, including an American flag and some coins. They also left a sign with a message. The message says:

 

“Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the Moon, July 1969.
We came in peace for all mankind.”

 

NASA made five more manned moon landings after Apollo 11. The last one reached the moon in December 1972. Since then nobody has set foot on the moon’s surface. NASA is planning to send a new lunar mission for 2024.

The moon is our only natural satellite and about one quarter of the size of the Earth. While the sun is shining on it, temperatures can reach 127°C but ‘at night’ it goes down to -153°C. Scientists analysed rock samples brought to Earth by the Apollo mission but, not surprisingly, discovered no traces of life.

If you like exploration and adventure, why not try stories like Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne or The Time Machine by H.G. Wells?

 

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