First Landing On The Moon

Ten awe-inspiring words uttered July 20, 1969 undoubtedly changed history forever. That's because when Neil Armstrong said, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," he wasn't standing at a podium—he was bouncing on the moon. American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin spent two hours on the moon's porous surface—a historic event seen by more than half a billion people around the world. The Apollo 11 zipped through 240,000 miles of the Earth's atmosphere, and consisted of two parts: Eagle, the lunar module, and Columbia, the command module. Three weeks later, the now infamous space crew returned unharmed to bask in all their scientific glory. Finally, nine years after President John F. Kennedy promised the U.S. would put a man on the moon, his dream came to fruition.

But if millions of viewers bore witness to the astronauts' landing, why does so much controversy surround this historical moment? Is it possible for flags to wave and footprints to form in space? Hollywood or not, the moon landing provided a tangible hope that inspired generations of future space explorers to follow their dreams, no matter where they may lead. Travel back in time to 1969 and see the landing, along with lesser known footage of Armstrong and Aldrin as they brave a new frontier.

Written by Curiosity Staff July 20, 2014

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