It may be suggested that as our ancestors stood on the threshold of freedom from Egyptian bondage it was important for them to receive a commandment to calculate the passing of time according to a lunar calendar.

According to our sages, the first mitzvah given to the People of Israel is found in parashat Bo: “This month shall be for you the beginning of the months, it shall be for you the first of the months of the year.” (Shemot 12:2) [ month and moon are of course connected , in Hebrew yereach and yerech]

The Apollo 11………..first man on the moon

Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969, carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin into an initial Earth-orbit of 114 by 116 miles.