Maddie Jaffe

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"


The United States was determined to beat the Soviet Union to the moon. Especially since the United States was far behind in getting anything out of the Earth. The Soviets sent out the first satellite and man in space. President Kennedy was determined to get someone to the moon by 1970. His goal was accomplished by 1969. When the rocket ship was launched it was an excuse to get the United States together, it got them to watch the launch and watch the first steps on the moon together. To make this happen, they had to invest in making new spaceships, suits and everything else that would help them out better in outer space.

Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin were the first men on the moon. Neil Armstrong made the first steps on the moon. Neil was hand picked by NASA for the moon landing and was the only commander who wasn't a military officer. He was the back up for the Apollo 8 which made him the commander of the Apollo 7.
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Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon July 20, 1969. They went to the moon to catch up with the Russians who got the first satellite in space. It was also so the United States could learn more about the universe.

  • Neil Armstrongs and Buz Aldrin's footprints are there to stay on the moon for millions of years.
  • The flag is wired so it appears to be "blowing in the wind."
  • Buzz Aldrin's name was used to name Buzz Lightyear because he was a spaceman.
  • There was a gold branch left on the moon to symbolize peace and a plaque inscribed with words "Here men from the planet Earth first step foot upon the moon. July 1969. A.D. We came in peace for all man kind."

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