On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took man’s first steps on the moon. With more than half a billion people watching on television, Armstrong climbed down a ladder, set foot on the moon, and said those now-famous words: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Aldrin joined him moments later and described the moon’s surface as “magnificent desolation.”
Armstrong and Aldrin left behind an American flag, a patch honoring the fallen Apollo 1 crew, and a plaque that read “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”
Watch the famous moon landing below:
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