However, one in particular stood out with respects to American achievement. It displayed an astronaut on the moon saluting the stars and stripes of the American flag in front of the Eagle Lunar module. One could argue that this photo was taken to represent the extent of America’s interest in scientific exploration. But before we should jump to any conclusions, we must first take a closer look into why we chose to send Americans to the Moon in the first place. Does the photograph of the saluting astronaut truly represent America’s interests in science and exploration?
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.
(384,403 km) into space to our neighbor celestial body, but also send them back with a successful flight to our mother earth. This seems like a difficult task for a country that was behind Russia in space exploration at the time. So, did NASA actually have enough technology to do this? Even though many Americans believe that the United States sent men to the moon in 1969, there are a few who believe that the moon landing was a hoax. A 1999 Gallup poll showed that 6% of Americans have doubts about the moon landing.
Intellectual curiosity coupled with enmity toward the Soviet Union lead to the Space Race. The fervor for putting a man on the moon was unparalleled. The quintessential Aeronautics protagonist, John F Kennedy once proclaimed to congress, “This nation should commit itself to achieving the goal…of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth” (Dunbar). With this the United States determined itself to win the space race and on July 20, 1969 the impossible became reality, a boundary was broken, a new frontier exposed, as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon. NASA, the national Aeronautics and space administration became an iconic brand for the United States recognized for landing a man on the moon.
Some theorists even believe that other astronauts who were claimed to be killed in a fire while testing equipment for for the moon mission were actually executed because the government defeated they would disclose the truth. A 1999 poll shows that 6-20% of Americans believed the moon landing was fake, while 5% were undecided. The first manned moon landing was very memorable moment in history that set the bar for future explorations to the moon. Not only that, but it inspired, motivated, and pushed people to see what can be done better, what should change, and how should we change it. It wasn’t just an important moment in A,Eric an history, but in world history as well.
In 1957 the Sov... ... middle of paper ... ... in the Apollo program soon went down and because of this, Apollo 18, 19 and 20 were all cancelled. Advances in space travel occurred after this landing and NASA is looking to soon be traveling to Mars. Who knows what would have resulted if the Soviet Union put a man on the moon before the United States. 1968 was a tough year for all Americans and Apollo 11 boosted United States morale and helped many people get their minds off of the struggles of that past year. After a lot of failed attempts and a decade of research, the United States finally got a man on the moon.
But in July of 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon before live audiences around the world. As he stepped out on this extraterrestrial surface, he stated the now famous words, “That was one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But why was Kennedy so adamant about sending men to the moon? What significance could such a feat serve in our lives? Of course, we lived in a different time then. Many believed our effort to send a man to the moon was just an attempt to display the philosophical superiority of capitalism over communism during the height of the Cold War.
Effects of the Moon Walk 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.
There was also the performance of the trans-Earth EVA that was done by Ronald Evans it lasted 01 hour, 06 minutes. With the splash down of the Apollo XVII module our days on the moon ended. The last time that a man walked on the moon I was not born. There has not been a flight to the moon for over 30 years. I personally feel that this is a true tragedy.
The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster was only part of his reasoning for announcing a new direction for NASA. A reason not as well known is the current lack of any direction for NASA. Other than sending probes and robots to Deep Space and Mars, NASA has continued to upgrade current projects like the Hubble Space Telescope.  Not since the design of the Space Shuttle around 1980 has a new and demanding project been given to NASA. It is essential that the brilliant minds at NASA be pushed to greatness.