This Week: Apollo Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

Here’s a nice quick read on the history of the Apollo program leading up to man’s first steps on the Moon.

source: MSN/ Tim Walters, USA Today

When President John F. Kennedy challenged the country to land humans on the moon before the end of the 1960s, a willing nation didn’t disappoint.

Less than six months shy of the end of the decade, a virtual army of 400,000 workers did what had seemed impossible.

With four simple words by Neil Armstrong, “The Eagle has landed,” a nation’s determination came to fruition as humans touched down on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969.

While the stories of the Apollo 11 crew of Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were written into the history books, what shouldn’t be forgotten are the stories of the 400,000 workers who made the moon landing possible.

“We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.”

John F. Kennedy
 September 12, 1962

The Eagle Has Landed!

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