Effects of the Moon Walk
On July 21, 1969 three men impacted the world in a big way. Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were not the first men to travel in space but they were the first to walk on the moon. Eight years previously, President John F. Kennedy made a speech to the people of the United States that it should be a national goal to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. During the Cold War the United States and the Soviet Union were a “who’s bigger and better” contest with each other and space exploration was a part of that. The Soviet Union had begun the space race in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik I, an artificial satellite. After its launch, the U.S. Defense Department approved funding for a space satellite of their own. Buzz Aldrin stated in an interview with Engineering & Technology writers Nick Smith and Angela Schuster that America’s space race response was because they did not want to fall under the superiority of Russia. From there the United States and Soviet Union fought back and forth on who would reach the moon first. After Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, orbited the Earth once President Kennedy made his speech announcing his goal for the United States. That goal, to the surprise of many people, was completed. Although the Apollo 11 moon landing happened within just a few short hours it changed the world in many big ways. This achievement was an inspiration to people all over the world, no matter what culture they were from. Apollo 11’s biggest influences rested on humankind, technology, and science.
As a species, Apollo 11 allowed humans to become multi-celestial beings. For the first time in history humans stepped foot onto a celestial body besides the earth. In past space explorations humans had floated in orbit but never had they set foot on another piece of land. From the moment Armstrong and Aldrin left the lunar module the history of humanity would be marked with a walk on the moon. Although many astronauts had been in space during previous flights, the astronauts of Apollo 11 were the first to have land other than their home under their feet. They were able to look back and have the whole Earth in their view. Humans have not stood on the moon since that day which makes the moon landing an even more memorable and important moment in the history of humanity.
The moon landing also built a connection between the people of the world. Although the first people to step foot on the moon were American it was an inspiring moment for all people. In a blog entry on the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum website, an employee of the museum recalled the broadcast of the moon landing and his father’s response in which he said that he was “never more proud of being an American than on the day our flag flew on the Moon.” Launius also writes about a Puerto Rican boy who ran between the window and T.V. attempting to see the astronauts standing out there on the...