On July 20 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history by becoming the first humans ever to walk on the surface of the moon. Millions of people all over the planet watched or listened in awe as the event was was broadcast live through their radios and on their television sets. As Armstrong stepped foot off the lunar module and onto the powdery surface of the moon he uttered words that will be forever remembered throughout human history:
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The Apollo 11 mission was the first of many successful missions that would put human beings on the moon. Aldrin and Armstrong spent over 21 hours on the surface of the moon collecting over 47.5 pounds of samples before traveling 240,000 miles back to earth. The moon walk would yield a previously unprecedented amount of samples that would prove to be invaluable, give the astronauts involved unreplicable experience, and, most importantly, leave an American flag on the surface of the moon that would crown the United States as the incumbent champs of the on-going “space race” with Russia.
Celebrate the 47th anniversary of the history of the moon landing by watching the historic moment for yourself. Watch Armstrong touch down on the moon for the first time and hear the words that would inspire an entire generation of Americans and aspiring scientists and astronauts.