Moon Landing, Apollo 11 Digital History ID 2758|
Credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Media type: photograph
Annotation: On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The landing fulfilled President Kennedy’s mission of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin landed on the moon, while Michael Collins orbited above. Armstrong’s famous words remind us that the event was one of the defining moments of the 20th century. When the lunar module landed, he said, "Tranquility Base, the Eagle has landed." As he stepped onto the moon’s surface for the first time, he said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
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