On this Day, July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong Became The First Man on the Moon
That's right! Can you believe it's been 53 years since man first stepped on the moon? It took a courageous team of pilots turned astronauts, to make the cut! Not to mention the genius of the NASA team that put these men into space and return home safely. It takes a lot of courage and determination to do something for the first time!
So on this day, July 20, 1969 we celebrate Neil Armstrong who was the first man to set foot on the moon and famously state, " That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
Neil wasn't alone, astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepped off the lunar landing module Eagle right behind him. Together they collected moon rocks and conducted studies for 6 hours and 39 minutes. A third pilot, Michael Collins was in orbit around the moon in Apollo 11! It took three men and a team of 400,000 people to create this historical moment. Teamwork makes the dream work!
Explore The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
If you want to see the lunar module Eagle and Apollo 11, you'll have to travel to Washington, DC and visit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. You will be amazed how technology has changed since the 1960's. And how truly heroic it was to strap into one of these rockets.