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|Culture & Science - Science|
|Sunday, 22 April 2012 00:07|
For thousands of years man has looked at the stars and dreamed about walking in them. In 1969, as part of the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong became the perpetrator of a man on the moon , followed by Buzz Aldrin few minutes later.
This achievement placed the United States ahead of the USSR in the space race and gave people hope everyone deep space exploration in near future.
When the USSR launched Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957, the United States were surprised to be last in the race to space. Four years later, U.S. President Kennedy inspired his people in a speech in which he said "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the end of this decade, putting a man on the moon and bring him back healthy and safely to Earth. "
At 9:32 am on July 16, 1969, the Saturn V rocket launched Apollo 11 into the sky from the 39th launch complex at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Nearby were more than 3,000 journalists, 7,000 dignitaries and approximately half a million tourists watching.
After half an orbit around the Earth, the Saturn V engines started again and the crew had to take over the delicate process of joining the lunar module and command module services. Once this was achieved, Apollo 11 Saturn V rockets left behind to begin his three-day trip to the moon.
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