This Week’s Writing Prompt

“That’s one small step for a man. One giant leap for mankind.” Just the right thing to say. With the whole world watching, Neil Armstrong needed to say something as he stepped onto the moon.  Throughout the event, Walter Cronkite narrated the moon landing story, and people around the world tuned in by television or radio. The world paid attention.

Armstrong’s famous footprint on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969, marked the Apollo 11 crew’s successful completion of the national goal set by President John F. Kennedy eight years prior: to perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth.

This view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft shows the Earth rising above the moon’s horizon. (July 1969)

This is a close-up view of an astronaut’s footprint in the lunar soil, photographed during the Apollo 11 lunar surface extravehicular activity on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong was the first human to ever stand on the lunar surface. As he stepped off the Lunar Module, Armstrong proclaimed, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. He was followed by Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, describing the lunar surface as Magnificent Desolation.

What about you?

  • Were you aware of the moon landing as it happened fifty years ago, or did you learn about it later?
  • Describe the scene in your life when you first heard about or watched the moon landing.
  • How did the people around you react to the moon landing?
  • Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut or travel in space?

Share your responses in the comments section below.

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