On July 21, 1969 three men impacted the world in a big way. Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were not the first men to travel in space but they were the first to walk on the moon. Eight years previously, President John F. Kennedy made a speech to the people of the United States that it should be a national goal to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. During the Cold War the United States and the Soviet Union were a “who’s bigger and better” contest with each other and space exploration was a part of that. The Soviet Union had begun the space race in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik I, an artificial satellite. After its launch, the U.S. Defense Department approved funding for a space satellite of their own. Buzz Aldrin stated in an interview with Engineering & Technology writers Nick Smith and Angela Schuster that America’s space race response was because they did not want to fall under the superiority of Russia. From there the United States and Soviet Union fought back and forth on who would reach the moon first. After Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, orbited the Earth once President Kennedy made his speech announcing his goal for the United States. That goal, to the surprise of many people, was completed. Although the Apollo 11 moon landing happened within just a few short hours it changed the world in many big ways. This achievement was an inspiration to people all over the world, no matter what culture they were from. Apollo 11’s biggest influences rested on humankind, technology, and science.
As a species, Apollo 11 allowed humans to become multi-celestial beings. For the first time in history humans stepped foot onto a celestial body besi...
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