Was it really forty years ago that the Apollo 11 moon mission made headlines? It was an awe as a kid to watch that landing. An amazing feat by any standards. On July 20th, 1969 history was made when Neil Armstrong let people of Earth know that "The Eagle has landed" and then spoke his famous "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". He was then followed by Buzz Aldrin. It seems like that was only yesterday and how fast those years went by. That day that Neil Armstrong stepped off the Lunar module named "Eagle" was a day that almost everyone stood and watched. After their historic walks on the Moon, they successfully docked with the Command Module "Columbia," in which Michael Collins was patiently orbited above the cold but no longer lifeless Moon. The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. On July 16, 1969 Apollo took off and it carried Mission Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. President John F. Kennedy had set a goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s, which he expressed during a speech given before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961
"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
|YouTube - First Moon Landing 1969
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