“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” (Fleming). The Soviet Union had beat the United States into space. However, the U.S was the first man of the moon. John F. Kennedy wanted to beat the Soviet Union to the moon, since they beat the U.S into space. Apollo 11 was the first spacecraft to ever land on the moon.
These events all helped in getting a man to land on the moon, which soon led to the conclusion of the Space Race. The course of action taken by America helped lead them to success when they landed a man on the moon. “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” Those are the words of President John F. Kennedy (1961) during his special message before a joint session of congress. Kennedy’s speech was so emotional and empowering, it united the nation under one cause: to land a man on the moon. Sadly, Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, which was two years after his goal was announced.
The 1960’s were full of questions, and one of the biggest questions the world was pondering about was regarding the Space Race: was the USA going to beat their communist enemy, the Soviet Union? The Space Race was a series of events that helped to symbolize and determine in the worlds’ eyes which form of government was better, communism (Soviets) or democracy (United States)? In the beginning of the race, the Soviets had the lead, and it was not looking good for America. Then the United States picked up the pace and spent well over eight billion dollars funding the space studies. This period of time made many scientists and astronauts heroes in the eyes of Americans.
The Apollo 11 mission of 1969 marks the biggest leap in technological advancements for humanity. Neil Armstrong is seen taking the first steps on the moon forever making his mark in humanity. However, theories surrounding the moon landing have come to light. Conspiracy theorists say NASA, the National Aeronautics Space Administration, have faked the Apollo 11 moon landing. Yet, present evidence can support the authenticity of the moon landing.
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.