Apollo 11 – a perfect storm of public sentiment, a stack of money and technological advancements.
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In the Space Race between the US and the Soviet Union, the Russians had already launched a satellite into space (Sputnik 1), and sent the first man and woman into space — Yugi Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova. But no one had successfully sent a human to the surface of the Moon. Yet.
After JFK’s call in 1961 to reach the Moon by the end of the decade, the clock was ticking.
But after years of research and development and the work of thousands of engineers, technicians and scientists, Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969 with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin.
Destination? The surface of the Moon.
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