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Apollo 11 for Kids

With the sad passing of Neil Armstrong last month, we thought it would be nice to take a look at the famous Apollo 11 mission. But because you can hop onto Wikipedia for the full rundown, we’re going for more of an overview. We’re thinking the kind of depth that’ll allow kids to copy and paste for their homework. That’s right, kids, feel free to plagiarise, but on one condition… you read it all first. Learn something and try to appreciate just what a feat it was.

Background

By 1961 America’s Cold War with the Soviet Union was nearing its height and President John F. Kennedy was becoming increasingly concerned that the USA was falling behind their foe in technology and prestige. So in May that year, JFK gave a speech before his country’s Congress in which outlined America’s goal of, “… landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth” by the end of the decade. Eight years later and six years after his assassination, JFK’s ambition was realised when, on July 21st 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon…

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