On July 20, 1969, two American astronauts Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin, became the first humans to walk on the moon. It was arguably the greatest achievement of the 20th century.
It is even more remarkable when you consider the first American, Alan Shepherd, was launched into space a mere eight years earlier on a Redstone rocket, which was little more than a converted ballistic missile.
In those short eight years, hundreds of thousands of Americans learned to launch and track rockets in space. They designed and built the 36 story tall Saturn V rocket (still the largest rocket to date) and the lunar module, still the only true spaceship ever built.
Astronauts and engineers had to learn how to build spacesuits, conduct spacewalks, learn how to rendezvous and dock with other vehicles in space, and return safely to earth.
They also had to learn the mundane things. How to eat and drink in space, use the restroom, and how to communicate across the ocean of space before the days of the Internet.
It was an incredible feat, accomplished by an incredible generation. This July as you look at the Moon, it is our hope you will take a moment to reflect that twelve Americans have walked there, what an incredible national accomplishment it was, and the hope we might once again see people returning to stay.
SEE THE APOLLO 11 LANDING SITE
The best time this month to see the Sea of Tranquility, where Apollo 11 landed, will be July 9 – 20th. This month’s Full Moon is on July 16th, thus the best evening viewing of the Sea of Tranquility will be the weekend of Fri. July 12 – Sun. July 14. See the map below to help you find Apollo 11’s landing site.