July 21st, 1969 - U.S. moon landing - U.S. wins space race


On July 21st, 1969 at 3:54 A.M., the following images flicker across television screens all over Europe: the U.S. space shuttle “Apollo 11” lands on the moon. The first to step onto the surface of the moon is Neil Armstrongs. His famous words: "One small step for man one giant leap for mankind". (original sound bite): Armstrong Approximately 600 million television viewers watch how the U.S. takes possession of the moon. In Moscow the U.S. moon landing is seen as a historic defeat for the communist movement. After Jurj Gagarin became the first man in space and orbited the earth in 1961 the Soviet Union was convinced that the language spoken on the moon would be Russian. But the "Sputnik shock" and Gagarin's flight into space sparked a major competition of technology. President John F. Kennedy lays out an ambitious space program and announces that his country wants to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Even after Kennedy's death his successors were committed to his ambitious plan dedicating five percent a year of the entire U.S. government budget toward funding the upcoming trips to the moon. In the end the journey was the destination. However the hope that lunar flights could mark the beginning of systematic exploration even the colonization of other planets and manned space flights to Mars was not fulfilled.

Länge: 00:01:42 | O-Ton: nein | Farbe: ja | Jahr: 1969 | Clip-ID: JHT000402E


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