July 20, 1969: Man Lands on the Moon

Apollo 11 T+50

On the morning of July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, onboard a Saturn V rocket.

Around 12 minutes later, the crew were in orbit around Earth. Three days later, they were orbiting the moon.

The Eagle landed in the Sea of Tranquility.

Mission control erupted in celebration. A controller told the crew; “You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue, we’re breathing again.”

With more than half a billion people watching on television, Armstrong planted the first human foot on another world.

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” he said.

Aldrin joined Armstrong shortly. They spent the next two and a half hours collecting samples and taking photographs.

They left behind an American flag, a patch honoring the fallen Apollo 1 crew, and a plaque on one of Eagle’s legs.

It read: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”

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