July 20, 1969: man conquers the moon

July 20, 1969: man conquers the moon

July 20, 1969

A small step for a man, a big step for humanity. A handful of words, spoken by an excited Neil Armstrong and prepared even before the historic Apollo 11 mission, which still arouse strong emotions in everyone, reminding us that, however impossible it may seem, humanity conquers the Moon on 19 July 1969. A science fiction achievement for the time, followed by an apparent loss of interest in the conquest of the cosmos in the following years, which only recently, thanks to the interest of private companies, such as SpaceX or Virgin, has made a strong comeback. The gaze is now directed towards the red planet, seen by many visionaries as our next home among the stars, but we cannot forget how the conquest of Mars owes much, if not technically at least spiritually, to the historic moon landing of July 1969.

An achievement that, on closer inspection, had a profound impact on the society of the period, giving rise to a movement of patriotic pride for the States, but also to one of the first great cases of conspiracy theory, considered as for many self-styled experts the Apollo 11 mission was a gigantic staging. A historical event that like few others, therefore, had managed to strike the collective imagination, splitting it in two. Yet, net of imaginative theories, it is undeniable that the conquest of the Moon is one of the fundamental stages of contemporary history, a reckless mission which, as often happens, has a deep root in military circles.

On This Day: One giant leap for mankind in 1969 Moon landing

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