Earth from Moon

May 25, 2001


Provided by: NASA JSC, Earth Sciences
Summary author: Jim Foster

Forty years ago today, on May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued the following challenge. "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...will be more exciting, or more impressive to mankind, or more important...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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