After four days of travel and after leaving Earth’s orbit and into the moon, Armstrong and Aldrin got into the lunar module, called Eagle, while Collins remained in the command module Columbia. The Eagle separated from the command module and began descending to land on the surface of the Moon, in an area called the Sea of Tranquility.
On July 16, 1969 the ship, propelled by a Saturn V rocket, blasted off from Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins. At 9:32 am local time, the huge rocket rose on sky Florida and 12 minutes after the crew entered orbit.
The decision of going to the moon was taken by the President Kennedy three weeks after astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American in space. It would take eight years of hard work for the NASA to fulfill the president’s expectations.
46 years ago, humanity achieved a major accomplishment: a man stepped on the moon for the first time. It all started on May 25, 1961, when the President of the United States John F. Kennedy announced his intention to send astronauts to the moon before the end of the decade.
On July 20, 1969 the NASA Apollo 11 mission placed the first men on the Moon: the commander Neil Armstrong and Edwin F.Aldrin. Here you have some pictures and cards that show this fantastic moment.
Mandela Day is a day on which a tribute is made to a person who dedicated his life to humanity and to defend human rights, Nelson Mandela.
In South Africa, President Jacob Zuma called on his countrymen to collaborate with a campaign by Madiba Urban Grooming and urged to clean clinics, schools, parks, avenues and general environments in honor of the revered national hero.
In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July as Mandela Day in recognition of the former South African contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
This year, the general secretary of the United Nations (UN) called on all people of the world to dedicate 67 minutes of their personal time to help others, to commemorate the International Day of Nelson Mandela. “67 minutes one for each year of struggle against apartheid and domination of the white minority.”
The world celebrates on July 18 another birthday of the South African leader Nelson Mandela, but for the first time without his physical presence.