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Reread paragraphs six through ten of the article. Next, using the information from the article, explore the activity below to review the components of a well-written explanation.

6 Collins later writes that Eagle is "the weirdest looking contraption I have ever seen in the sky," but it will prove its worth.

7 When it comes time to set Eagle down in the Sea of Tranquility, Armstrong improvises, manually piloting the ship past an area littered with boulders. During the final seconds of descent, Eagle's computer is sounding alarms.

8 It turns out to be a simple case of the computer trying to do too many things at once, but as Aldrin will later point out, "unfortunately it came up when we did not want to be trying to solve these particular problems."

9 When the lunar module lands at 4:18 p.m EDT, only 30 seconds of fuel remain. Armstrong radios "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." Mission control erupts in celebration as the tension breaks, and a controller tells the crew, "You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue, we're breathing again."

10 Armstrong will later confirm that landing was his biggest concern, saying "the unknowns were rampant," and "there were just a thousand things to worry about."

- NASAopens in new window, July 14, 2014