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The Apollo program began to be seriously considered as soon as Russian Yuri Gagarin had become the first man to enter space in 1961. His flight provided the impetus for the US to fast track its space program particularly because this was the time of the Cold War between the US and USSR. The goal was to be the first to land on the moon. While the Russians had scored a number of space firsts, the US was determined to not let this one slip past. There were also a number of scientific studies performed, including geological studies. The last Apollo mission, Apollo 17 was primarily a geological mission and included geologist Harrison Schmitt in the landing crew.

The first manned flight to the moon, that did not include a landing, was in December 1968 and the first manned landing was on July 20 1969 when Neil Armstrong of Apollo 11 became the first human to walk on the moon and indeed on any place other than earth.

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