Six compelling moments from America’s manned moon missions

Before enterprising billionaires launched SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, space travel was the exclusive domain of nations, and as the space race heated up during the Cold War, the impetus to be the first country to walk on the moon reached new heights.

At a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, in a speech on “Urgent National Needs”, President John F. Kennedy unveiled Project Apollo with these now-famous words. “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth,” Kennedy said.

Here’s a look back at six compelling moments from America’s manned moon missions—from a lightning strike to golf balls in space.

American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon 45 years ago, as part of NASA's Apollo 11 mission. Here's a look back at six compelling moments from America's successful manned moon missions—from a lightning strike to golf balls in space. (Jason Aldag/The Washington Post)

 

 

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