Apollo 11 Technological Advancement

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“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” are the famous words spoken by Mr. Neil Armstrong as he took the first steps on the moon. Along with Buzz Aldrin, Armstrong walked on the moon leading to many discoveries and opportunities for advancements in science and technology. While many technological advancements lead up to man walking on the moon, the entire mission left a lasting effect on all people because Americans have now discovered many phenomenons as a result of that crucial mission. Americans, along with other advancing countries, made many technological breakthroughs in the previous years leading up to men walking on the moon. One outstanding achievement was the first satellite to orbit Earth, which occurred on October…show more content…
On July 16, 1969 the Apollo 11 launching was held at Cape Kennedy, Florida marking the beginning of the long awaited mission. Four days after the launching of Apollo 11, roughly 530 million watched Neil Armstrong take the first steps on the moon and heard the famous words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The moon, long the symbol of impossibility and forever a mystery, was now beneath mans feet. Neil walked on the moon for nineteen minutes before Aldrin joined him. After Armstrong and Aldrin collected samples for testing, they returned to the spaceship and rested for they had worked very hard. Once they awoke they had been on the moon for 10 revolutions, it was time for them to return home. They landed, as planned, in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969 (Apollo 11 Mission Overview). Though there was a few scares or moments of panic, the mission was a…show more content…
Apollo missions altogether costed America an estimated 176 billion dollars which caused anger among many Americans due to the lack of funding for the Vietnam War that was occurring at the same time. However, the missions also lead to many things we use today, like computer chips, cordless drills, and smoke detectors. The other Apollo missions are not recognised nearly as often as Apollo 11. Had Apollo 11 not been successful, eventually America would have tried again and probably been successful. However, if they were not successful then they would have kept trying until they got it. Had the mission been unsuccessful we probably would not have computers as advanced as we do, smoke detectors or cordless power tools. As a result of the successful mission Americans had more hope for themselves and felt as if they could do
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