“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”These are the words of Neil Armstrong, the first man on Lunar. On July 21st 1969, man entered into the surface of Earth’s wonderful satellite, the Moon for the first time. The three men behind this historic expedition were Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin Jr and Michael Collins. The first two touched the surface of the Moon, Collins stayed back in the orbit of Moon to control their space ship Columbia.
Hundreds of years, Moon remained as a fascinating big and round thing on the sky. Each month, men watched the growth of it from a small piece to a big round one which gives light during the night. Then it diminishes and fades away for a short span of time. Men might have observed the changes that occurred on Earth during these Full Moon and New Moon days. Some might have worshipped it as God; some have assumed different shapes present in moon. Mothers used to show children the moon while feeding them, or to entertain them. Similarly, it remained as a wonder for many years. Later, scientists made studies on this wonderful round shaped thing on the sky which gave light, and it was discovered that, it is the satellite of Earth, that stays in between Earth and Sun. It receives lights from the Sun and shines, but not hot like the Sun.
Scientists began to study more on astronomy. After Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik I on 1957, there occurred a competition to explore more on space and Moon. The United States, surprised the world with its Apollo 11 mission, which landed man in the moon. On July 16, 1969, the Saturn V rocket launched Apollo 11 into the sky from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. After one and a half orbit around the Earth, they started their journey towards the Moon. On July 19, they entered the orbit of Moon. On 21 July, Armstrong and Aldrin made their historic land. After spending 21 hours and 35 minutes on Moon’s surface, they returned with 46 pounds of Moon rocks. They had seen our beautiful and bright Earth from the surface of Moon. Remember the heroes once again as their steps were giant leaps for astronomy ,for astronauts and for the world.