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Vickey Ho

Ap Language


2 October 2016

Apollo 11 Mission

Because of man’s need to distinguish themselves from others, the unimaginable moon

landing succeeded and became a reality. Two men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, landed on

the moon and helped scientists discover new possibilities and potentials outside of Earth. The

Apollo 11 mission took place on July 16, 1969 where the two men equipped themselves to land

on the moon. The successful mission led to excitement and celebration across the world.

Unfortunately, as shown in Transported by Herblock, many people opposed toward the Apollo

11 Mission and believed that man prioritized glorifying themselves instead of focusing on

poverty, war, and prejudice. Man used money, time, and energy for the unnecessary moon

landing to claim themselves as a higher technological nation, however, they continue to ignore

solving urgent global issues.

The Apollo 11 mission led to many opposing views about the importance and necessity

of the mission. According to Man Takes First Steps on the Moon, the moon landing wasted

money and time to search for rocks. The article includes Aldrin stating, “a collection of just

about every kind of rock.” (The Times). It emphasizes the rocks on the moon, because the writer

portrays the mission as pointless. In addition, the Times published the article and quotes from the

astronauts demonstrates the article and writer as credible. The tone of the article, ridicule and

condescending, portrays reader as sarcastic. Additionally, the article includes “the fragile lunar

bug” which depicts the spaceship. The writer compares the ship to a tiny bug which represents its
small significance. Furthermore, Transported, by Herblock, illustrates that the unnecessary

mission as a waste of time. The cartoon shows a man sitting on an astronaut head that is looking

away from the Earth. The man pays attention to the TV screen and ignores the problems of

poverty, war, and prejudice behind him. The dark and ominous clouds continue to expand

because of man’s lack of priority on the problems. Herblock uses global problems including

poverty, war, and prejudice and draws them in dark clouds to emphasize the importance. The

clouds consume the world and move toward Africa which demonstrates the global problems

increasing. Herblock’s cartoon can be interpreted in many ways, but ultimately portrays the

worthlessness of the mission. Herblock draws for the Washington Post and prevails as a credible

cartoonist. In contrast to Herblock’s perspective, the article, Armstrong Says: One Giant Leap for

Mankind, establishes the moon landing as an important day for mankind. The moon landing,

according to the article, led to a step in technological advancements and new possibilities. The

writer uses precise and chronological moments of the mission. He uses quotes from the

astronauts. In addition, the article states, “the two astronauts opened the hatch off their lunar

module at 3:38 AM.” The use of precision of time shows the reader as excited about the landing.

He concludes that every moment of the mission was important and worth the time. In addition,

the writer says, “there was a spectacular shot of Armstrong” to show his excitement about the

successful mission. According the articles, there were different perspectives of the significance

of the mission.

Because man prioritized the mission, the mission became a success and led to America as

a high technological nation. According to The Greatest Moment of Time, the moon landing led to

man’s greatest achievement. The article uses famous people worldwide to show its significance

around the world. It starts with President Nixon watching the mission on television to create a
relationship with the readers. The article was written as a worldwide celebration between the

nation. When the men landed on the moon, it led to the idea of new possibilities worldwide.

Similarly, Ayn Rand’s article, The July 16, 1969 Launch: A symbol of Man’s Greatness by Ayn

Rand demonstrates the importance of the landing. She describes the new possibilities of man

outside Earth.

Ultimately, the moon landing succeeded but did not benefit the world and its crucial

global problems. The articles by different perspectives used logos, ethos, and pathos to draw the

readers to their opinion. The texts led to many opposing thoughts about the significance of the

Apollo 11 Mission.