Mankind's "giant leap"

Lesson Date : 2019-08-05
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On July 16, 1969, a powerful rocket lifted off. It took three Americans into space.

Soon, the rocket fell away. Then, the men’s spacecraft traveled to the Moon. It arrived three days later.

The spacecraft divided. One part, with two men inside, landed on the Moon. The other part circled the Moon.

Neil Armstrong was one of the men. He was the first person to stand on the Moon. Armstrong said: “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.

The first Moon landing was 50 years ago. It ended the “Space Race”.

The Space Race was between the U.S. and Russia. Both wanted to be the first to land a man on the Moon.

Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space. A Russian, he circled the Earth once in 1961.

Armstrong died in 2012. He was 82.

The U.S. plans to send a woman to the Moon in 2024.


ISSUES : Should the Moon-landing anniversary be celebrated around the world?

Period : 2019-08-05 ~ 2019-09-05
Manager's Pro Opinion
Yes, the Moon-landing anniversary should be celebrated around the world. American scientists organized the mission, but it was an important world event. It was the first time that humans walked on the Moon. The Moon landing showed that it is possible to explore space. Since the Moon landing, scientists have made many discoveries about space.
Manager's Con Opinion
No, the Moon-landing anniversary should not be celebrated around the world. It may have been the first time that a man walked on the Moon. Yet, it was American scientists that made it possible. It was America's success. The U.S. has contributed large amounts of money to space exploration. The world knows this. There is no need to make the Moon landing a world celebration.
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