The moon landing was the turning point in the history of space exploration. After World II, the democratic United States and the communist Soviet Union emerged as the world’s two superpowers. In 1947, they began a struggle to become superior to one other, known as the Cold War. A decade later, the Soviet Union successfully launched the first man-made satellite into space. This came as a shock to the United States, as they were expecting to win the first leg of the Space Race. In 1961, the Soviet Union again undermined the US and sent the first human into space. However, the most important part of the race was the challenge of getting a human on the moon. On July 20, 1969, the United States’s Apollo 11 successfully landed three astronauts on the moon, making a long lasting impact on the history of space exploration.The successful Apollo 11 mission stunned the Soviet Union since their moon program was years ahead of the United States’. They had placed an unmanned probe on the moon in and a satellite orbiting the moon by 1966. They also developed sophisticated crafts that were capable of reaching a human onto moon, like the LK “Lunar Craft” Module. It could safely carry one astronaut to the surface of the moon and back to the earth. The only problem was the Soviets couldn’t develop a working rocket. They experimented with the N1 rocket, but it failed twice. In 1970, the entire moon program became too expensive and the Soviet Union moved onto building space laboratories. Crafts like the LK were either disposed or sent to the labs. After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, some museums took the chance and snatched the crafts. LK is currently being held at the Moscow Aviation Institute.The Moon landing was a contributing factor to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Before 1969, the Soviet Union had won major victories in the Space Race, like getting the first satellite and human in space. They also had explored the moon by successfully putting a probe on the moon in 1959, and studying it by putting a satellite that orbited the moon in 1966. By the Apollo 11 mission, the Soviets had built a working craft but lacked rockets. They had tried to get the N1 rocket to work but it failed. Less than a year after the moon landing, the Soviets abandoned their moon program. They tried to trump the moon landing with the idea of a manned flyby of Mars, but that idea was soon scratched. The Soviet Union put in billions of dollars into their failed moon program, and the economy could not generate enough money to keep it alive. Twenty years later, the fall of the Berlin Wall signified the end of the Union, and in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed into 15 different countries, marking the fall of the superpower.The largest and most powerful of those countries is Russia. Recently, Russia has been trying to revive it’s greatness, especially in space, but the United States is ahead of them in almost every aspect. The famous step made by Neil Armstrong in 1969 caused a deep wound in the USSR which would never fully heal. The moon landing gave America the victory in the Space Race and eventually made them the superpower they are today. Neil Armstrong’s famous quote “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” has a deep meaning. The fact that humans have never stepped on another surface besides the earth in the thousands of year we’ve been here is a mind blowing thought. On the evening of July 20, 1969, we finally jumped through the hoop. More than twenty percent of the world’s population in 1969 saw it. Many bought TV’s just to watch it, and some went as far as renting out motel rooms with TVs. This was not just a victory for America, it was a victory for humanity. America is the most powerful country in the world, being the center for democracy, capitalism, and most importantly, freedom.The Moon Landing caused an outbreak of technological advancement in many fields. During the years after the first moon landing, discovery in the moon and technology was booming. There were a whopping total of 6 successful moon landings in the Apollo missions. Now, more countries are beginning their space exploration. China has sent eleven people into space, and countries like India are planning to send their own men to space in the near future. Technology from the 70s onward has been growing at an insane rate. In the early 1970s, VCRs, pocket calculators, jumbo jets, and E-mail made their debut. By 1980, cell phones, Walkmans, digital cameras, and personal computers were common. Now, we rely on technology to do almost everything for us. Every few years, the technology we use gets better and more convenient. The moon landing helped humanity advance and become what it is today. The Moon Landing caused an outbreak in space exploration. Up to 1969, the United States and the Soviet Union explored space because of the Cold War. Now, we explore space to learn more about where we are, what’s around us, and how we came to be. Only 3 years after the first moon landing, the countries Japan, China, and the United Kingdom had all successfully launched their own satellite into space. In 1977, both of the Voyagers leave to learn about the far parts of our solar system. The Voyagers are now retired and will fly through space forever. On them is a record that will explain where Earth is and what is on Earth, in case any aliens pick up the craft. As of right now, 12 countries have successfully launched a satellite into space. Those are the Soviet Union, United States, France, Japan, China, United Kingdom, India, Israel, Ukraine, Russia, Iran, and most recently North Korea. Fifty years ago, there were no countries to have ever launched a satellite into space. The discovery of telescopes has helped space exploration immensely. In 1990, the Hubble Telescope was launched into low-earth orbit and has been gathering data for over 25 years! The Hubble is best known for it’s discovery of Dark Energy, which accelerates our universe’s expansion. It has also taken hundreds of photos of galaxies, planets, stars, and even captured a gamma ray explosion in 1999! There are other telescopes besides for the Hubble. Some study space, while others study the earth. These telescopes usually provide weather and navigation, but some are responsible for phone calls and internet across the globe! The Moon landing has significantly helped humanity and will continue to help us in the future.