Hello everyone, I’m Paola and today I’ll tell you a little about the moon landing. Let’s start by saying that in the late 1950s there were challenges between the United States and the Soviet Union over their technological and scientific advances in space exploration.

At the beginning the Soviet Union prevailed putting into orbit the first artificial satellites called Sputnik, the first shuttles with animals on board and also the first man to fly into space, Jurij Gagarin, but the most ambitious conquest was the Americans one on July 21, 1969 when NASA sent the first man to the moon with the Apollo 11 mission. The Apollo spacecraft was made up of three parts: a command module that housed the three astronauts, a service module that provided electricity, oxygen and water and a lunar module. The spacecraft entered lunar orbit after about three days of travel.

The Apollo 11 mission included three astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, but the first man to go down to the moon was Neil Armstrong, to collect samples from the moon land.

When they returned to the mainland, they were quarantined for fear that they might have been exposed to unknown pathogens on the moon, but after 21 days of quarantine they showed no symptoms of disease and were dismissed.

As soon as he landed on the moon Armstrong said the sentence “this is a small step for man and a big step for humanity”, a very beautiful sentence because it indicates that from that moment the exploration began not only for the moon but for the whole universe.

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