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  • 0:04 The Wonders of the Moon
  • 0:30 What Was Apollo 11?
  • 1:10 Watching Live From Earth
  • 1:50 First Steps
  • 2:41 Facts Learned
  • 3:09 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: April Gwen Ellsworth

April has a master's degree in psychology and has experience teaching special populations from preschoolers to adults.

3... 2... 1... Liftoff! Apollo 11 was the first manned space flight to the moon and back. Find out who went, what they did on the moon, who they talked to while there, and what they brought back.

The Wonders of the Moon

As you look at the moon in the night sky, what do you think of? Do you wonder what it's made of, how far away it is, or if anyone has ever lived there? Do you imagine what it might be like to walk on the moon and look back at Earth?

People have pondered these same questions for centuries, and one day in 1969, these questions were answered by the crew of Apollo 11, people to walk on the moon.

What Was Apollo 11?

In May of 1961, American President John F. Kennedy made a goal. He wanted astronauts to land on the moon and then return to Earth. Many scientists and astronauts worked hard to reach this goal, and on July 16, 1969, Apollo 11, the first manned space flight to the moon, launched into space.

The crew of this spaceflight was made up of three American astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin. Their additional goals were to bring back samples from the moon surface, take a lot of photos, and leave equipment on the moon for experiments. They accomplished all of their goals.

Watching Live From Earth

Collins piloted the main spacecraft (or command and service module), which was named Columbia. As they traveled from Earth to the moon, the astronauts made their first TV transmission to Earth from space on July 17.

On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin climbed aboard the Eagle, which was the lunar module that would land on the moon. The Eagle separated from Columbia, leaving Collins behind to take pictures and keep a watchful eye from Columbia. Then it happened: the lunar module landed on the moon in an area called the Sea of Tranquility, and Armstrong said four words that would go down in history: ''The Eagle has landed.''

First Steps

Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Millions watched the landing live and heard him say the now-iconic words, ''That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.''

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