Neil Armstrong and his historic moonwalk
Ever since the first satellite was launched outside the earth’s atmosphere, superpower nations have begun their quest into what is known as the space race. But ultimately, it was the United States of America that first conquered outer space by sending Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins into the moon and back. Astrophysics major Alexis Fecteau explains that the moonwalk was one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11’s Armstrong became the very first man to step on the moon. His historic dialogue was heard all over the world. This is his story.
Born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on Aug. 5, 1930, Armstrong served in the Korean war and later joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which would then become NASA. In 1962, he entered the astronaut program, where he commanded his first mission, the Gemini VIII, in 1966. The mission was the first endeavor to bring man to outer space. The Gemini VIII tested the orbital docking of two space crafts and became an early model for what we know today as the US Space Station.
For the mission to the moon, two Gemini mission veterans, Aldrin and Collins, joined Armstrong. According to Alexis Fecteau, the Apollo 11’s mission patch featured an eagle holding an olive branch. The crew also chose not to have their names printed on the patch to symbolize that the mission wasn’t just for them and their country, but for humanity.
One anecdote that a lot of people don’t know is the missing “a” in Armstrong’s first line as he stepped on the moon. His actual words were, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” However, because of radio static, that small portion was lost.
It is an undisputed fact that man, led by Armstrong, was able to land on the moon. However, there are still people who believe that the whole event was staged. Not only would staging a fake moon landing cost more than the actual mission due to the technological constraints of the past, but it would also mean that NASA, the U.S. Government, other governments around the world, as well as the media would have all been in on the conspiracy. Alexis Fecteau finds these claims outlandish and simply laughable in the face of all the evidence.