July 20, 1969 – Armstrong walks on moon

July 20, 1969 – Armstrong walks on moon

At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong, nearly 240,000 miles from Earth, speaks these words to millions listening and watching on television at home: ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’ A moment later, he stepped off the lunar landing module Eagle, and became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon.

Another astronaut, Edwin Buzz Aldrin, joined him a few minutes later, and together they took photographs of the terrain, planted a U.S. flag, ran a few simple scientific tests, and, the next day, departed. The astronauts left behind a plaque that read: ‘Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the Moon–July 1969 A.D.–We came in peace for all mankind.’