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Men on the Moon

For archive (Updated on February 27, 2019)

In 1957, USSR launched the Sputnik. For archive (Updated on February 27, 2019) In 1957, USSR launched the Sputnik.

Soon, Yuri Gagarin became the first cosmonaut to orbit the earth.

USA was left behind in the Space race.

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) was formed.

President Kennedy’s historic speech : “Before the decade is out, we will send men on the moon and bring them safely to earth” gave momentum to the NASA projects.

Mercury Project and Gemini Project were followed by Apollo project. The Apollo 1 fire (causing the death of three astronauts) caused a set back.

In December 1968, Apollo 8 orbited the Moon.

Apollo 9 and Apollo 10 tested the Lunar Module and the critical systems.

In July 1969, Apollo 11 made President Kennedy’s dream a reality.

My poem was submitted by my mentor Ashin Ananda to USIS/USIA (which forwarded my poem to NASA) and to the Guardian Dailly.

The Eagle is the code name for the Lunar Module.

The three men are Neil Armstrong [Mission Commander], Michael Collins [Command Module Pilot], and Buzz Aldrin [Lunar Module Pilot]

MEN ON THE MOON

The Eagle made a soft descent

And perfect rendezvous

Does not the module represent

A fantasy come true

To travel through that cold void space

To have that faith in science

To face death squarely in the face

Yes, man acted with defiance

Man set foot on an alien world

In July Sixty Nine

That small step from the bravest man

Was a giant leap for mankind

The walk in one sixth gravity

Rock samples from the moon

Three men who spoke with brevity

For science what a boon

No event can ever equal

That sublime unique mission

The Apollo’s triumph will make the people

Extend their own vision

Are we not brothers here on earth

So let us all unit

There will be heaven here on earth

If we all cease to fight

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