50 Years Ago, the Eagle Landed

Astronaut Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. stands next to an American flag planted on the moon, July 20, 1969. (Photo: NASA/Newsmakers/Getty Images)

by Lee Edwards

Let us pause to celebrate the 50th anniversary this Saturday of a mission once thought impossible: the landing of a man on the moon.

Let us proclaim, without embarrassment, that America, and only America, had the requisite leadership, scientific community, and resources to make it possible for Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong to take that giant leap for mankind.

Let us freely admit we needed a kick to get started. That happened when the Soviet Union put the first satellite known as Sputnik in orbit and pushed ahead of the United States in the space race. The Cold War was red hot, and everything was measured on how it affected that global conflict.

As one commentator wrote, “the United States could not afford [a] slight to its technical expertise and economic strength.” Read the rest HERE.

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