Apollo 11 : The First Space Mission

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Apollo 11 was the first space mission that landed humans on the moon. On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin landed on the Moon while Michael Collins stayed in the Command Module. On the surface, Armstrong and Aldrin spent two and a half hours collecting samples, taking pictures, and exploring the surface of the moon. After they got their samples, they placed a three by five feet American flag on the moon, a plaque that said, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 20, 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” They landed off the shores of Hawaii on July 24, 1969. Apollo 11 landing on the moon exchanged new scientific and technological information in history, encountered a new region to discover, and started more explorations in space. According to the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Apollo 11 brought back the first geological substances back from the moon. One of the substances was one-hundred and ninety-three grams of basalt. Basalt are hardened rocks from molten lava. These rocks are commonly found in Hawaii. Basalt has a dark gray color, so when the moon is looked at, the darker areas are basalt. These minerals are very similar to the ones on Earth, except for the extra titanium. These basalts from the Apollo 11 landing site are from a range of 3.6 to 3.9 million years old and come from at least two differently chemically magma sources. The other substance was two-hundred and thirteen grams of breccia. Breccia are just
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