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搭配影片學習:The Terrifying First Space Walk – Drunk History

「休士頓,這裡是靜海基地。老鷹號已經完成著陸。」

第二次世界大戰後,美國與蘇聯兩大軍事強國為了裝逼⋯⋯咳咳,我是說為了展現自家火箭及科技的進步,展開一場長達近20年的太空競賽。蘇聯在成功發射第一顆衛星後拿下首輪勝利,接著更以「東方一號」將首名人類太空員送上太空,再次領先美國。

先前因顧慮預算耗資過大而對太空計畫興趣缺缺的甘迺迪總統這時終於發聲,公開在議會中宣佈支持阿波羅計畫。

「⋯⋯我相信這個民族能夠齊聚一心全力以赴達成這個目標,即在1970年以前,人類將乘坐宇宙飛船登陸月球並且安全返回。」

1969年7月20日晚上8時17分43秒,休斯頓飛行控制中心內爆出如雷的歡呼聲。指令長阿姆斯壯與登月艙駕駛員艾德林成為首次踏上月球的人類,紅白相間的星條旗在月球飄揚,宣示著美國最終的勝利。

等等,國旗在飄揚?在沒有空氣流動的月球表面隨 風 飄 動 ?

“Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed.”

After World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union started a space race that lasted nearly 20 years. The Soviets got some early wins by successfully launching the first man-made satellite, followed by the first human, into space.

US President, John F. Kennedy, who had been uninterested in developing a costly space program, finally decided to turn things around and publicly supported the Apollo program.

“I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.”

On July 20, 1969, at 20:17:43 UTC, a thunderous cheer was heard inside NASA’s Mission Control Center. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon, and the American flag flying there proved that the US got the last laugh.

But wait a minute, the flag was flying…on the Moon…which has no air or wind?

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