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July 20th, 2009
06:01 PM ET

Greatest Achievement EVER?

On the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, a lot of folks are calling that "giant leap for mankind" our greatest achievement.  There's no doubt it was incredible - especially at a time before cell phones and computers and GPS were even available to us.

But was it humanity's greatest achievement EVER?  Was it bigger than the invention of the Internet, the discovery of the New World or the Wright Brothers' first flight?  Can you think of any achievements that rival our first steps on the moon?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Dearest Carl,

    Well everyone who has invented or introduced anything new, has done the greatest achievement in this life. I believe that going to the moon was the mens biggest achievement ever because it was away from the earth. As far as the internet is concerned we humans would have found another way of communication if the internet was no there. As far as travelling is concerned it wasn't that hard to come with that idea. But as far as going on the moon is converned there was no way that some one would have thought going there or that far.

    July 21, 2009 at 5:51 am |
  2. lucy

    how about the achievement of our technology like our computers and tvs and things like that?

    July 26, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  3. Justin

    Well, flying to the moon and the Wright brothers' first flight was historical. However, was it really impossible to fly? I think that the greatest achievement was the thing that we needed most at the time. Such as fire and growing the first crops and animals.

    July 26, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  4. Tony

    The best way to approach the issues of our past accomplishments as a society is to have different categories.

    August 1, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  5. Melissa

    Not only the discovery of the new world, but the independence we gained from winning the revolutionary war. And then setting up our own independent government, different somewhat from the one in the "homeland". Those measure up to me.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  6. #1

    FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With out it we would NOT be able to land on the moon or we would NOT be able to sit at this computer and write our thoughts!!! Think about it!

    August 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  7. East Mesa Detention Facility (Foxtrot)

    One student says that camouflage and stealth technology that military uses is one of the greatest achievements. Another student thinks that the invention of electricity and the light bulb by Benjamin Franklin is the greatest. The last student thought that the invention of computers is probably the greatest achievement..

    August 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  8. Maverick

    I would say the Xbox 360

    August 19, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  9. charles

    I think you should let him out because he is ill and he wants to be free and have his 3 months out of jail i know he killed a lot of people and thats not fair he wants to be free.

    August 21, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  10. Alyssa

    I think that every people who did achieve their goal made the greast achievement ever. It's different to everyone. Some people might think that landing on a moon is the greatest achievement ever but some people might think that maybe creating Internet is the greatest achievement ever. So we can say that every great achievements are the greatest achievements EVER!!!!

    August 24, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  11. Trevor

    I don't think man had a greatest achievement. Man has made and done many amazing things. Going to the moon is nice,but it's not helping me everyday like i use the computer

    August 25, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  12. Madison

    How could anything beat landing on the moon for the first time? Everything has to be absolutely PERFECT, and if anything is even the slightest bit wrong, then there is a major catastrophe for the rocket and everyone in it: they might blow up, or be several miles too far to a side, and go rocketing off into space to who-knows-where.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:04 am |
  13. Semaj

    Although going to the moon is a big achivement the Wright brothers creating planes is also a big historial moment. They were real the foundation of human flight but from cave men to the morden day technology were all very important in history.

    August 28, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  14. mathew

    mans best achievment is also his worst creating the atomic bomb destroyed part of japan but it also helped us research atomic power and cleaner energy

    August 30, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  15. Patty

    Great achievement? Yes. Greatest achievement EVER? No.
    It’s my opinion that the advances we are making today are better than walking on the moon. It was a great achievement, but it was just the start. I can’t honestly think of one single event or achievement that is the greatest ever. I think that there are way too many achievements or events to pick one as the greatest ever.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  16. Jacob

    no it was just another major landmark in history.

    August 31, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  17. Ian

    Landing on the moon is most definitely not mans greatest achievement. The creation of a written language or the discovery of metalworking far surpasses a rather worthless landing on a hunk of rock in space.

    August 31, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  18. Zack

    I think that an achievement bigger than the first step on the moon is when Obama was elected president. The first black president in history of the U.S. in a time like our is huge.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  19. sam

    if you really think about it we couldn't be doing any of this; going to the moon, sitting at our computers etc. if we didn't have our freedom and independents.

    August 31, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  20. Alli

    What about medicine? Without medicine at least 15% of the population would die from little more than the common cold every year!

    September 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm |