Earth from Moon

May 25, 2001

Earthrise

Provided by: NASA JSC, Earth Sciences
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster

Forty years ago today, on May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued the following challenge. 'First, 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 the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.

Eight years and 2 months later, the challenge was met when a Saturn V rocket launched the Apollo spacecraft and the Lunar Module (Eagle), carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, landed on the moon.

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