July 20th is Moon Day

Team-MoonMoon Day, July 20th, commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969.

The Apollo Space program, begun by President John F. Kennedy, was created to put the first man on the moon. Apollo 11 fulfilled that dream, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin, Jr. What an amazing and historic event!

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy Space Center atop a huge Saturn V rocket. On July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module, nicknamed the “Eagle”, touched down on the surface of the moon at Tranquility Base. Upon landing, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported “The Eagle Has Landed.” A few hours later, Neil Armstrong, stepped off of the Eagle’s ladder, placed one foot upon the moon’s surface and proclaimed: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”.

A wonderful story of the first moon landing for kids (and the adults in their lives) :

Team Moon:  How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh

What I love about this book is that it opens up the backstory of the first moonwalk and demonstrates that this is not just the story of the astronauts, but of thousands and thousands of people who made it happen.  Like the seamstress who had to put together 22 different layers of fabric for each space suit.  The many engineers who had to work to create heat shields to protect the capsule from the heat of re-entry. Imagine the soft-ware engineers, telescope crew, navigators, and more. . .The book reads like a documentary, with stunning photographs, interviews, oral histories, and other primary sources from the period.  Definitely a book to pore over with the whole family.

 

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