The pressure was on the NASA, but all eyes were on James E. Webb, NASA Administrator, who was not even certain the U.S. could beat the Soviets to the moon. Chief Scientist Hugh Dryden calculated cost to the Federal budget to put a man on the moon would be a staggering $40 billion (the entire federal budget then was $ 98 billion.) Kennedy's child-like interest in the space project led the U.S. on a great adventure through space. Kennedy appointed Lyndon Johnson to balance the budget, so his promise to America was kept. Kennedy also took part in seeing two early space launches that put Alan Shepard and John Glenn in earth orbit.
Currently, a market forming is around the larger companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, the real world implications of the companies have began to progress from prototyping their designs to fulfilling their first goals in almost half the time that it took NASA to put a man on the moon. The competition with private companies controlling the space industry will lead to strong and quicker advances in space exploration and travel. Every revolutionary idea passes through three stages of reaction: 1. It’s impossible. 2.
That's what NASA set out to do in the late 1960's. On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong planted the first human footprints in the lunar soil. The United States had accomplished their goal in sending men to the moon. They managed to not only send them 238,857 mi. (384,403 km) into space to our neighbor celestial body, but also send them back with a successful flight to our mother earth.
The 1969 Moon Landing: A Giant Leap for Mankind For centuries, mankind has wanted to explore outside the world we live in and into outer space. The idea of landing on the moon seemed impossible. Defeating all odds on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, 38 years of age, made what many thought impossible, possible. He landed a spacecraft named the Eagle on the moon, and explored its surface with Edwin Aldrin. This event captured attention throughout the world.
Private space travel should be encouraged. Private space exploration can lead to many positive benefits for our country. With the no longer continued support of public funding to NASA the threat of losing our space programs as a whole is in jeopardy. Putting an end to our space programs would destroy the continuation of space related research and all hopes of the United States reaching Mars. Privately funded companies would allow for continued research, hope of one day putting humans on Mars and most importantly explore many new things that were once never an option with government funded programs.
Even though it happened in 1969, the first moon landing had a lasting effect on the world. Apollo 11 represented the culmination of decades of hard work for NASA. John F. Kennedy's dream of putting a person on the moon seemed foolish to many, but it remains one of the highest achievements of human work and ingenuity. The Space Race began in 1955 when both countries announced that they would soon be launching satellites into orbit. On October 4, 1957 the Russians placed the first successful satellite into orbit and it was called Sputnik I.
After a lot of failed attempts and a decade of research, the United States finally got a man on the moon. This eight-day project changed history and the knowledge about space forever. The moon landing distracted many Americans from the terrible events that occurred in 1968. This event still proves America’s achievement and power to this day and is leading to other space explorations in the future.
On September 12, 1962 John Franklin Kennedy charged the nation to achieve what no other civilization had done before; he charged the United States to place a man on the moon. Kennedy delivered his man on the moon speech in a time of great peril for the United States. It appeared that the Soviet Union was rising faster than the United States was posed to take our place as the world’s super power. His moving speech in Rice Stadium inspired the nation and other nations, to take the challenge and travel to the moon. Kennnedy use of allusions, repetition, and rhetorical questions motivate and embolden his audience, and make a difference that would last forever.
If we limit our existence to the planet Earth, and continue to drain the resources on this planet, we will destroy the only home we have. Is it worth expanding into outer space, when we still have so many other concerns, such as power and material resources? If we focus more on aerospace development, other technological improvements may evolve, such as more energy efficient engines. Many household or common appliances we use today are by-products of aeronautic research. If funding for space research were increased, the rate of developing new applications would also increase.
Kennedy made a giant step for mankind, sending Astronaut Neil Armstrong on Apollo 11 with astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on July 16, 1969 which was eight years after the flight of Gagarin. After one and a half orbit they got the go for the mission control and three days later they were in lunar orbit then a day later Armstrong and Aldrin began their descent while Collins orbited in the command module. Armstrong finally landed on the moon ready to plant the first human foot on another planet and with billions of people watching he climbs done and states, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” They left behind the American flag and a patch honoring the fallen Apollo 1 crew. On July 24th the crew had landed off Hawaii and Kennedy’s challenge had been met, which was for the men to walk on the moon and return home safely. During the 1960’s unmanned spacecraft were sent to take photos of the moon before any astronaut would be sent, which by the early 1970’s communications and navigation satellites were used every day and obtaining mapping of Mars.