Mankind's "giant leap"

Lesson Date : 2019-08-05
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A powerful rocket took three American astronauts into space on July 16, 1969. After its fuel was all used, the rocket fell away.

The spacecraft carrying the astronauts headed towards the Moon. Their journey took three days.

Near its target, the spacecraft divided. One part, with two astronauts on board, landed on the Moon. The other part began to orbit the Moon.

As Neil Armstrong put his foot on the Moon, he said the famous words: “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.

The Moon-landing project was called Apollo. The spacecraft that took Armstrong and his colleagues there was Apollo 11.


This year’s July 16 was the 50th anniversary of the start of Apollo 11. It marked the end of the “Space Race”.

The Space Race was an “unofficial” competition between the U.S. and Russia. Both countries were trying to be the first to land a man on the Moon.

Russia was the first country to send a man into space. In 1961, Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth once.

Armstrong died in 2012 aged 82.

America is now planning to “land” a woman on the Moon in 2024.

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ISSUES : Should humans build a research station on the Moon?

Period : 2019-08-05 ~ 2019-09-05
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Manager's Pro Opinion
Yes, humans should build a research station on the Moon. Humans have been to the Moon before. They can go back. A research station would help scientists in their other space projects. With a research station, it will be easier to study the Moon. Scientists will be able to stay on the Moon.
Manager's Con Opinion
No, humans should not build a research station on the Moon. A research station is not necessary. Going to the Moon is still dangerous. Humans should not stay on the Moon. It is not suitable for people to live there. Also, if humans begin to live on the Moon, they will pollute its environment.
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