Did you see the lunar eclipse the other night? A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and Earth’s shadow moves across the surface of the Moon. It can only happen when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned in nearly a straight line, and it can only happen on the night of a full Moon.
It’s a pretty rare event. It happens only once every three years or so. The last one was in December, 2009. The next one is in July, 2015. A full moon at 1:58 this afternoon becomes the second full moon this month. The second full moon in a month is called a blue moon.
With the Soviet Union having put the first man in space just a month before it became a personal goal of President John F. Kennedy to send an American to the moon by the end of the decade of the 1960’s. He made it a national priority and a mission he said all Americans would share, saying "it wouldn’t be one man going to the moon - it will be an entire nation."
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