â€œOne small step for man â€¦ One giant leap for mankind!â€
I announced calmly. Apprehensively gazing, I slowly dropped my foot out of the Eagle. Proud I watched Buzz Aldrin (my fellow partner) pop out of our transformation with our American Flag ; I remembered my mission therefore I took the stripy flag and smiled. We were the first people there. Ever!
How this began is a much longer story however.
16th July 1969, 13:32pm
â€œ5 , 4 , 3 â€¦!â€ the numbers yelled in my ears as I thought more about our mission. Shaking nervously, I glanced down towards the bottom of the Eagle and discovered thousands of flames firing out on to the ground leaving an ocean of smoke. Thinking carefully , I knew I had everything I needed : my uniform , my sick bucket , just in case, and my water and food. â€œGood Luck boys!â€ shouted mission control ( the men who was giving us lots of attention at the moment) as he patted me on the back. Feeling worried, we stepped slowly in to the space vehicle. Glancing out of the window, I saw lovely, bright stars. Beautiful! What would happen if we were left stranded in space? Why did I sign up for this? What is going to happen?
Gob- smacked, I watched mesmerised, out of the mall window; I saw millions of small green land all around the Earth. Honoured, Buzz and I stared gratefully at the vibrantly coloured planets. Amazed, we circled around the Earthâ€™s side, watching the stars twinkle every mile we moved.
Crying with excitement we had finally left the Earthâ€™s atmosphere and we were heading for the moon. Tired but joyful, I closed my eyes and imagined what the moon would be like and look like. Would it be soft? Would it be hard? I was unsure; suddenly I found myself wrestling with the control panels while the space ship turned, wobbled and spun. Smiling, it finally stopped doing stupid and calmed itself down
(Thanks to me that is). â€œAre we nearly there yet Armstrong?â€ asked Aldrin. Feeling adventurous, I turned back to Buzz and replied,â€ Nearlyâ€.
July 19th , 17:21 pm Â
Bitter sweet, I jumped up with glee and sang, â€œWeâ€™re here, finally weâ€™re here!â€ Sweating, I watched the moon, even though it didnâ€™t really move, as we got closer and closer. Staring at the perfect view in front of us I realised (not long after I saw the moon) we had reached the moonâ€™s orbit.