The day the first human stepped on the Moon – level 2


In the 1960s, the US and the Soviet Union were big rivals. The Soviet Union had the first satellite in space and the first man, too. The next step was to get the first man to the moon. It was very hard for the US, and the country wanted to win the race against the Soviets.

The US started the Apollo program and more than 400,000 scientists and engineers were a part of it. NASA chose three astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins, to go to the moon. It took the men 18 months to prepare, and on July 16, 1969, they were ready to start the journey to the moon.

It took three days and 400,000 kilometers to get to the earth’s closest neighbor. Neil Armstrong was the first person who stepped on the moon. Millions of people were watching him when he said his famous sentence, ’that’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for a mankind’.

Difficult words: rival (a person who competes with somebody else), satellite (a thing which goes around the earth), leap (a jump).

What challenges did the Apollo program scientists and engineers face in their mission to the moon?


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