Did We Land on The Moon?
"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achievingthe goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moonand returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project...will be more exciting, or more impressive to mankind, or moreimportant...and none will be so difficult or expensive toaccomplish...."
President John F.Kennedy,1961
"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."
U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, on the Moon, 1969
The Apollo expedition to the Moon tells the historic story of human exploration of theMoonby the United States. The definingmoment of this journey occured when Astronaut Neil Armstrong,after descending the frail-looking ladder of the Lunar ModuleEagle, took the first human steps on the Moon on July 20, 1969.Five more flights carried astronauts to the Moon, the last in 1972. No human has been there since.This marvel of exploration took shape in the specialcircumstances of the 1950s and 1960s. The United States and theSoviet Union competed for primacy in a global struggle pitting ademocratic society against totalitarian communism. This struggle,called the Cold War, motivated the first explorations of space by both countries.