The Lunar Module (LM) was the first spacecraft to land on the moon. During the Cold War, the United States was in competition with the Soviet Union (which had launched the space craft Sputnik). Many thought the Soviets had launched a nuclear warhead into space. The United States under President John F. Kennedy made space exploration and the lunar landing a top national priority. Grumman began work with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11's LM, built in Bethpage, New York by the Grumman Corporation, landed on the moon. See images from this historical occasion. After this lunar landing, several other Apollo missions landed LM's on the lunar surface. See our Historical Timeline for details.
The crew of Apollo 11 (Left to Right): Neil A. Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Commander Edwin (Buzz) E. Aldrin. Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.
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