Q:

Why did we go to the moon?

A:

Quick Answer

One of the main reasons the United States sponsored a mission to the moon was because of the space race with Russia. Russia was the first country to put an artificial satellite in space, which caused a lot of embarrassment for the U.S.

  Know More
Why did we go to the moon?
Credit: Steve Bronstein Photographer's Choice Getty Images

Full Answer

In 1957, Russia sent Sputnik into space, proving the country had great technological capabilities. Many Americans felt the United States was technologically superior to other countries in the aftermath of World War II, so this feat proved embarrassing for American citizens. There was also some concern that the Soviets would use their space program to put weapons in space, putting the U.S. at risk should another war occur.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced a plan to put an American astronaut on the moon by the end of the 1960s. There was a lot of pressure to overtake Russia and prove the U.S. also had space exploration capabilities. Kennedy also had to overcome the failed Bay of Pigs incident, which was an unsuccessful attack on the southern coast of Cuba. Kennedy felt the U.S. would be able to beat Russia to putting a man on the moon, which would put the country in a more positive light following this failed attack.

Learn more about Our Moon

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Why do we have a moon?

    A:

    No concrete evidence explains why there is a moon. The best hypothesis presented is the Giant Impactor hypothesis: It suggests that around 4.45 billion years ago, while the Earth was still forming, a large object hit the Earth at an angle.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How old is the moon?

    A:

    The scientific consensus is that the Earth's moon formed four and half billion years ago. About 100 million years after the formation of the solar system, another small planet is likely to have collided with the Earth, resulting in the formation of the Moon.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who discovered the moon?

    A:

    Nobody discovered the moon. Long before there were people on Earth, there has been a moon. As a regular feature of the night sky, people must have always been aware of it.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Does the moon have quakes?

    A:

    There is evidence that the moon is seismically active, which means it can experience the moon version of an earthquake. During the 1969 and 1972 moon landings, astronauts placed seismometers on the moon in order to allow scientists to learn more about earth's biggest natural satellite.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore