In The Face Of All The Moon Landing Conspiracies, NASA Released These Never-Before-Seen Images

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July 20, 1969, marked a bold new milestone in the history of human civilization. On that day, Neil Armstrong became the first person to ever step onto the Moon’s surface. In that iconic moment, science fiction became science fact. Humankind transcended its earthbound limitations. And all things may have seemed possible…

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But the 1969 Moon landing represented the culmination of nearly a decade of work by NASA. Initiated in 1961, the Apollo program aimed to meet President John F. Kennedy’s pledge to get a man onto the Moon by the end of the decade. And with the Apollo 11 mission the United States met that goal – and claimed a major Cold War victory too.

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Indeed, the so-called Space Race – which pitted East against West in a technological scramble to reach the lunar surface – was effectively over with Armstrong’s moonwalk. NASA also achieved five more Moon landings before the Apollo program was finally decommissioned in 1972. Many Americans doubt these feats ever happened at all, however.

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