On July 20, 1969, man landed on the Moon for the first time. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first two human beings to step onto the Moon and they spent two and a half hours on the surface of the Moon. During that time, Armstrong and Aldrin took pictures, did experiments and collected 46 pounds of Moon rocks. They left behind an American Flag, a patch honoring the crew of Apollo 1 and a plaque. The plaque reads, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969. We came in peace for all mankind”.
NASA had been challenged by President Kennedy to put a man on the Moon before the decade was out and NASA met that challenge. The Moon landing was a great technological achievement, perhaps the greatest achievement in human history.
If you are interested in learning more about the Moon, check out The New Moon: Water, Exploration and Future Habitation by Arlin Crotts. Crotts is a professor of astronomy at Columbia University. This book explores the history of exploration on the Moon and discusses discoveries that are being uncovered. It is the complete story of mankind and the lunar experience. Crotts presents little-known, but significant events in lunar science for the first time. He also explains the environment on the Moon and the possibility of making the Moon habitable for humans.
The Davenport Public Library owns many more books about the Moon! To learn more, visit any one of our locations. Most books about the Moon are located at 523.3 in the non-fiction section of the library.
Did you know that you can read newspaper articles about the moon landing from 1969? Go to http://access.newspaperarchive.com/ and search for “moon landing”.