Giant leap for mankind
Son of a former president and rocket expert Sergei Khrushchev admits that going to the moon would not have occurred if there was no Cold War between the U.S. and the USSR, who had moved into space, and 42 years before Neil Armstrong made one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind! At a time when the U.S. shuttle program shuts down, NASA quietly and without fanfare was celebrating Neil Armstrong first steps on the nearest neighbor planet. Things began to change in favor of the United States in August 1968, when George Low, an engineer who oversaw development of the shadow Apollo, suggested that no time should be wasted on unnecessary multiple aircraft tests and requested that the first next ship is sent to the moon. After initial skepticism, NASA managers got interested into this idea. In March 1969. a marathon flight of Apollo 9 around the Earth has followed. The results were good, so they decided to try the flight in May. Managing the Apollo 10, Stafford, Young and Sernan approached to the moon only 17 miles, and then returned back. At the launch pad in Florida swamps 16. July 1969th the crew of the Apollo 11 were: Neil Armstrong (captain), Edwin Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot) and Michael Collins (Command Module Pilot), and their task was to descend to the moon. Three-staged rocket Saturn 5, which lunched the crew and equipment of Apollo 11 in the orbit, was 10 wide, 110 meters high and weighing 3000 about tons, and consumed 15 tons of fuel per second. After three days of the flight and 400,000 kilometers between the Earth and the moon, Collins stayed in the Columbia circling the moon while Armstrong and Aldrin moved to the Eagle and started the final descent to the moon. Eagle landed in the Sea of Silence on 20 July 1969th at 15 hours and 17 minutes, by the North American time. Over the next six hours, Armstrong and Aldrin putted on their suits and went out to the surface. Armstrong came down the ladder with extreme precision, and then stepped onto the Moon's surface and allegedly uttered the famous sentence: That's one small step for man, a giant leap for mankind. During two and a half hours spent on the ground, they set up several research instruments and collected about 25 pounds of rocks. Their first steps on the Moon were also their last.