One Giant Leap for Mankind: The 1969 Moon Landing

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One Giant Leap for Mankind: The 1969 Moon Landing

<p>The moon landing thrilled the world in July 1969. NASA’s Apollo 11 Mission was beamed around the world to over 600 million TV viewers. A Saturn V rocket launched the spacecraft from the Kennedy

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The moon landing thrilled the world in July 1969. NASA’s Apollo 11 Mission was beamed around the world to over 600 million TV viewers. A Saturn V rocket launched the spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Wednesday 16th July 1969. Neil Armstrong was the first human to walk on the moon when he alighted from the Eagle on the 20th July, fifty years ago. The trio of astronauts successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on 24th July after an 8 day journey into space and into history.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Craig Nelson, Rocket Man; Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, Stodder and Houghton, 2009
  • Andrew Chaikin, Man on the Moon, Penguin, 2018


COURSE OUTLINE

  • USA space program in the 1960s, President Kennedy’s vision in 1961
  • Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon, astronauts and support crews involved in the mission
  • Short term and longer term impact of the successful space mission and subsequent moon landings
  • Rise of conspiracy theories in the decades after 1969
  • Additional manned and unmanned missions to the moon until Dec 1972


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain a sound understanding of the key events and issues involved in the Apollo 11 Moon Landing and its historical significance.
  2. Discuss the impact of the key historical event.
  3. Discuss background to the emergence of conspiracy theories in the years after the event and the repudiation of the conspiracy theories by NASA.