AD 1969- Moon landing

July 20, 1969 marked a first in human history. For the very first time, a human set foot on another world. In the 1960’s there had been a competition known as the Space Race between America and Russia as part of the Cold War. The objective was to be the first country to land on the moon. Both countries spent the decade and billions of dollars creating spacecraft capable of reaching, and landing on, the moon. However, the free market system of American capitalism provided faster and larger technical leaps than the Soviets could manage, thus allowing Americans to reach the moon first. On July 20th, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, and his first words, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind,” became immortalized. His companion Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the second man to walk on the moon. Both men stayed on the surface for just over two hours, collected several rock samples, and planted an American flag. Afterward, they returned to their craft, and several days later, returned to earth. During the landing and spacewalk, the whole world joined together to celebrate this momentous occasion, and few events in history have had a similar effect. Armstrong and Aldrin paved the way for further exploration of the moon, and eventually, other parts of the solar system. The impact of the moon landing can still be felt today, as America again prepares to start sending humans to the moon.