On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 Commander, Neil Armstrong made history as the 1st man on the moon.
Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin blasted off on July 16, 1969. Four days later the three-man crew reached the moon. Collins stayed in orbit around the moon and took pictures while Armstrong and Aldrin entered the lunar Module called the Eagle. The Eagle landed down on the moon and Neil Armstrong was the first to exit onto the moon’s surface.
As Neil Armstrong stept onto the moon he said:
“THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN….ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND”
Armstong and Aldrin walked around the surface of the mon for three hours doing experiments, and collecting drilling samples, moon dirt and rocks.
They put a U.S. flag on the moon and also left a sign.
“HERE MEN FROM THE PLANET EARTH FIRST SET FOOT UPON THE MOON
JULY 1969, A.D.
WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND”
The astronauts completed their mission and returned to Earth atmosphere on July 24th. A parachute opened to safely lower the Columbia into the Pacific Ocean. After landing in the Ocean, the crew were retrieved by a helicopter and taken to the recovery ship, the USS Hornet.
With no more manned moon visits planned it is nice to remember the great accomplishment made by those three men all those years ago.