- CNTV English - CCTV News

Looking back on the human quest to reach the moon

12-15-2013 04:24 BJT Special Report: Chang’e-3 Lunar Probe |

Although humans have dreamt of landing on the moon since ancient times, over the past century, that dream has become a reality.

The Soviet Union was the first nation to reach the moon. In 1959, the Luna-Two spacecraft reached the surface of the moon. Although the Soviet Union appeared to hold an early lead, the United States soon caught up and surpassed it.

In 1969, the Apollo-11 carried three American astronauts to the moon, and Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk across its cratery surface, uttering the now famous words: "That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Over the next three years, the US conducted five more successful manned landings on the moon, each time bringing more information about the satellite back to earth.

However, in 1972, US astronauts carried out their final moon mission and NASA’s lunar program was closed. In recent years, though, global interest in the moon has risen again. And countries including China, Russia, India and Japan have launched their own space programs aimed at once more exploring the moon.


Editor:James |Source:

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program