What is National Moon Day and why do we celebrate it?

National Moon Day is celebrated on July 20 and is one of the most significant days in human history. But precisely what do we commemorate on this day?

We're commemorating the first time that humans set foot on the moon, so to speak

On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history by being the first humans to set foot on our lunar satellite.

National Moon Day may come off as a little goofy. After all, since the first lunar landing in 1969, our efforts to explore space have dramatically increased.

However, despite our advancements, that crucial day in 1969 will always go down in history.

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy. The lunar lander started its arduous four-day descent to the moon's surface as the spacecraft got closer to the moon.

The United States' race to the moon was practically over when Neil Armstrong made history by being the first person to set foot on the Moon.

Why it’s so significant

National Moon Day is important for a number of causes. In addition to being a feat worth celebrating

landing a person on the moon also served as a catalyst for years of space exploration study.

This achievement has encouraged the advancement of all Mars missions as well as the ongoing James Webb space telescope missions.

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