Moonshot

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The United States landed the first man on the moon on July 20 in 1969. Apollo 11, nicknamed ‘The Eagle’, held astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and it lifted off on July 16. Michael Collins was also on the spaceship, but he remained in lunar orbit.

When Armstrong put his foot on the moon, he uttered his famous line

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.Neil Armstrong

It was a short while before Aldrin climbed down the step ladder. Aldrin had decided to participate in communion before he stepped on the moon. He figured there would be just enough gravity on the moon to pour wine into a cup, and he was right.

I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup. It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.Buzz Aldrin

When Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon, his first words were,

Beautiful view. Magnificent desolation.Buzz Aldrin

Armstrong and Aldrin were on the moon for two and a half hours, taking samples and shooting pictures. Then they returned to the spaceship and landed back on earth on July 24.

Neil Armstrong died in 2012.

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.Neil Armstrong

Buzz Aldrin is still alive and living.

I think humans will reach Mars, and I would like to see it happen in my lifetime.Buzz Aldrin

 

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