Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Neil Armstrong – Trip to the moon

On July 20, 1969, my fellow astronaut, Buzz, and I successfully touched down on the lunar surface. When we arrived, I said with excitement “The Eagle has landed.” It was hard for me to imagine that I was 240,000 miles from Earth after being in orbit for four very long and exciting days on our journey to the moon.

I stepped out of the Eagle placing my left foot down on the rocky lunar surface. My heart was pounding. I was so excited I could not find words to express it if my life depended on it. I was the first person to touch the Moon’s surface. It was an amazing feeling.  I stated an unforgettable phrase “That’s one small step for man; and one giant leap for mankind.”  Buzz and I explored the moon for 2.5 amazing hours. We picked up little bits of dirt and rocks to take back to Earth with us. We were looking for interesting things to take back with us.

On the moon, we took photographs of its gray, powdery surface, planted a flag for the United States of America, and ran a few simple experiments.  I also spoke with President Richard Nixon. After we completed our mission, we returned to the lunar module and closed the hatch. That night, I slept on the surface of the moon. The next day, we took the Eagle back to the Apollo 11 to begin our journey back to earth.

The surface of the moon is nothing like on earth.  It lacks evidence of life. It has lots of talcum powder type dust and pebbles. The moon’s surface is dark gray and clings together like cement.

As I looked down on earth from the moon, it looked to be four times larger than the moon looked from earth. Earth looked like a jewel in the black velvet sky.

I also remembered what being weightless felt like. It was fun but yet challenging.  I felt free. When back on earth you feel heavy and need to move carefully. I remember feeling like getting off a big rocking ship.

We had taken TV cameras with us. After walking around on the moon, I found a spot where we could set up TV cameras so that we could broadcast our discoveries to the people back on earth.

On our way back down to earth I felt a rush not believing what just happened. I was the first man to walk on the moon. It was also sad leaving my greatest accomplishment behind.
We splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969.  I was happy and excited to be home safe and sound. Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, Michael Collins, and I were the three astronauts that had just completed an adventure of a lifetime.

I was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for my work with the space program. I was lucky, fortunate, and honored to be part of the space program.

Neil Armstong is on the left Micheal Collins is in the middle
Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin


http://www.teacher.scholastic.com/space/apollo11/interview.html     (this used for what being on the moon is like)

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