Moon Landing: 50th Anniversary - Gallery

Thumbnail image of Astronaut James Irwin (1930-1991) gives a salute on the Moon, 1971.Artist: NASA

July 20th will be the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Apollo 11 was the name given to the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module, Eagle, on July 20th, 1969, at 20:17 GMT.

Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21st at 02:56:15 GMT; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later.

Armstrong‘s first step onto the lunar surface was broadcast live to a worldwide TV audience of more 530 million. He described the event as ’one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind‘.

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