Our Journey to the Moon



It all started after the war, we thought we were ahead, we thought we were the greatest. We were happy and had a taste of peace. Then came Sputnik. Sputnik was the first satelite ever launched into space. It was also Russian. They could look down from space and view anything in our country. We were worried and scared. We had to do something. Then Russia doubled down and launched the first man into space, that nearly left us petrified. We had to do something, America was afraid, we were in danger. On May 25th, 1961, President John F. Kennedy declared his goal to reach the moon. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because the are easy but because they are hard.” That day, our journey began. We tried and tried. We had many attempts and many deaths, including our leader, John F. Kennedy. The goal started to seem imposible to many Americans. We started losing hope. But then, on March 3rd 1969, Apollo 9 was launched we were excited. Maybe, just maybe we could reach the moon. The Apollo 9 crew was supposed to orbit the moon, but the ship and crew burned up in a pre-flight test. Many citizens had lost complete hope. Some citizens accepted russia was stronger and better than us. After the failure, we launched Apollo 10, this mission was supposed to orbit the moon as well and did. Then, on July 16, 1969 we launched Apollo 11. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Micheal Collins, the crew, began their mission. They took off on a Saturn V Rocket, the biggest rocket ever built! Our hopes where rising. They got near the moon and entered orbit. On July 20, 1969, the landing date, we met our final struggle. The lunar module was off course and out of control! Neil Armostrong and his bravery managed to take control of the module and succesfully land it on the moons surface! As he stepped off the module and onto the moon. He recited an important qoute now remembered in history. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” We touched the surface of the moon! Although John F. Kennedy was not there to watch, America was. And, for the first time in history humankind stepped foot on another surface. Although we went to the moon to show our power, it had great effects on our knowledge. We may have went for the wrong reason but got the right results.

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