Mankind's "giant leap"
Lesson Date : 2019-08-05


  • Mankind's "giant leap"
  • 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.
  • American is now planning to "land" a woman on the Moon in 2024.