Moon Landing Essay

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“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It was July 20 1969, the day that reshaped our nation and gave us unparalleled dreams for the future. The impact of the day goes far beyond our pride and nationalism; that day would change space exploration and technology forever. Just like a shooting star, that day would give us a glimpse of hope. A chance to see an event so breathtaking and defying, it would be man’s greatest accomplishment in the 20th century. As millions of people watched from their TV sets, a rush of euphoria came over the nation as Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the surface of the moon. It was the first time in the history of mankind that we would step on the surface of another celestial body. John F. …show more content…
Space technology became a particularly important arena in this conflict, both because of its military applications and due to the psychological benefit of raising morale. Americans were rattled however, when on October 4, 1957 they saw Russian Sputnik moving through the stars above their own homes. That just couldn’t be. We won the war. We built the bomb. We were the best, the brightest, most deserving. Weren’t we? Our national ego had been bruised, even crushed. Collectively we yearned to prove that we could do anything we put our minds to. The nation was looking for a leader. “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single project in this period will be more impressive to mankind or more important for the long-range exploration of space and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish”. These words were spoken by John F. Kennedy, he asked for the moon, and the nation went wild with enthusiasm. What JFK did was to inspire the nation to behave in the same way, not merely for the threat of being conquered by other peoples, but for the pursuit of a dream. Within the next eight short years, the nation transformed itself. All of a sudden students were getting more homework and education was taken more seriously. A college degree became the ticket to success. To be a space scientist or engineer was to be among the elite. The

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