No one recorded when the first man harnessed fire, just a handful of people witnessed as the Wright Brothers developed the concept of flying. However, the entire world watched or at least heard on the radio as the first man landed on the moon. That was the moment, 20 July 1969, as Neil Armstrong made his first walk on the moon, his partners Buzz Aldrin and the first person to land a craft on the moon Michael Collins. Just after making his first steps Armstrong said: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” it is a moment that many define as the American century. Amidst the horror and turmoil it did not at all matter it seemed that humanity had broken the constraints and put the first human on the moon.
In an interview, Armstrong revealed that it is in the human nature to explore even amidst challenges and as far as seemed the first moon landing opened doors for humans to aim for the highest peak in the world. Obviously, the rhetoric’s was universally felt, though wholeheartedly the triumph was of Americas. In essence, Armstrong landing was telling the world that we can do anything. The Apollo 11 moon landing was a decade-long project that marked the space race that was started by the Soviet Union Therefore, the success implied that if some pure fantasy could be made into a reality then there is nothing out of our bounds. Moreover, the landing had much significance to the Americans, to them getting on the moon first showed that America had technological superiority.
Nonetheless, Armstrong mentioned mankind and not America meaning that the moment was for all humans. Indeed, since Armstrong and his partners Aldrin left a plaque on the moon that read “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” It is indisputable, that the motivation for the space program was partly also to fulfill some sense of universal pride.
At the time of the moon landing there was much rivalry between America and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union seemed to be leading in the space race; they had put the first man in space, the first animal in space, the first woman in space, and they had the longest flight in the orbit (at least at that time), the first… so it was a turning point for the Americans. Most people do not consider the first moon landing to be a major historic event but the Americans do. At that time the success in moon landing had an effect on the appeal on communism.
Like every other thing during the cold war, the space race was depicted as a competition for communism against Capitalism. And, it seemed that capitalism would win. Undoubtedly, the moon in part marked a positive ending for years of turbulence. Ten years that had witnessed the Vietnam War, protests on civil rights and assassination of major political leaders. At that time, the cold war may have faltered the significance of the first moon landing on humanity, but generations on the importance of moon landing has only increased in prevalence.
In fact, it has permeated into a culture. We watch moon landings in movies, we read it in books, we listen to songs written on it, even the late Michael Jackson’s developed legendary dance on the basis of the moon landing. Eminently, it is clear that the first moon landing had major significance to humans and that is the undying desire to make explorations. For years humans have been pursuing new places whereas Armstrong pushed it into new heights.