World celebrates Moon Day Today
Today, the world celebrates the 49th anniversary of the Moon Day. Back on this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the surface of the moon. The Apollo 11 astronauts studied the lunar surface for around 21 hours. More than 500 million people across the globe watched them take the first steps on the moon. In fact, Neil Armstrong’s words while taking the first steps on the moon have become a popular saying over the years. He said that,
One small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.
When the first astronauts landed on the moon, Buzz Aldrin described it as a ‘magnificent desolation’.
This first visit to the moon was part of the Cold War operations from the United States. President John F Kennedy promised that NASA could beat the pioneering Russian Space Program by actually sending people to the moon. While Russia sent the first man to space, people started applauding the fact that Communism had gained superiority over western liberalism. Now that the Cold War was locked, there was no way that the United States could afford this technical expertise from the opponents. President Kennedy then declared to the world that,
I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon
That’s exactly what they did. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon opening up the way to extraordinary discoveries and engineering. Despite there being conspiracies that it’s fake, the two astronauts did set up a whole new trend for humanity to follow. NASA’s exploration did not end with Buzz Aldrin and his moon experience though. After that year, NASA sent 12 men during six space missions to land on the same surface. In fact, it was not Buzz Aldrin or Neil Armstrong who figured out the best way to travel across the moon. But rather, Gene Cernan who discovered it at the time of Apollo 17’s lunar landing.
Why we celebrate Moon Day
Now as we celebrate World Moon Day today, astronomers are making a huge deal out of it. Everyone is setting out telescopes to look at the full moon and the nearby planets. That would include Jupiter with all of its newly discovered 79 moons and Mars that will be the brightest planet in the next 15 years. Even when everyone can not explore the moon like Buzz Aldrin or his companions did, the Moon Day bring opportunities to observe its beauty and surrounding planets every year. A professor of astronomy shared that,
The moon is all inspiring and when the moon is next to planets, it makes for a great pairing in the sky.
Celebrating Moon Day lets us have a glimpse into the past and mark how far these explorations and observations have come ever since Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made the first visit to the lunar surface.