Monday, July 20, 2009

A great leap for mankind... for all peoples of the world in peace.

Apollo 11 Extravehicular Activity (EVA)

Source: KSC
On July 20, 1969, man landed on the Moon and took steps that would inspire future gener ations and open the heavens to exploration. After spending four days in a spacecraft on the w ay to the lunar surface, astronaut Neil Armstrong famously announced, ≴The Eagle has landed.” Shortly afterwards, Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin descended from the Lunar Module and began humankind’s exploration of the Moon’s surface.

Armstrong and Aldrin landed in a dark patch of the lunar surface called the Sea of Tranquility, one of the Moon’s maria. These dark regions, which can be seen with the naked eye from Earth, were named maria by early explorers after the Latin word for seas. (The singular form is mare, pronounced “ma-rei.”) The relatively smooth surface of the maria allowed for good radio communication with the Earth and provided a nice, flat site for the first lunar landing.

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