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America's Space Program: Exploring a New Frontier

tells the story of America's journey to the moon. The creation of NASA, the Apollo vehicles, and the January 1967 tragedy are part of the story. On July 20, 1969, as the Eagle lunar module approached the moon, it became clear that the computer had chosen an unacceptable landing site -- a boulder-strewn crater. With 114 seconds of fuel left, astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin overrode the computers and manually landed the Eagle. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Interesting Fact:

The Apollo project to put a man on the Moon was a product of the 1960s, a period of heightened Cold War tensions. Allegations of a dangerous "missile gap" between the Soviet Union and the United States had been an important element in John F. Kennedy's successful presidential campaign in 1960.
Photo of the launch of the 'Saturn V' rocket that propelled Apollo 11 to the moon.

Apollo 11 to the moon


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