A Day in Astronomy: First Men on the Moon

Image (Credit): Neil Armstrong outside the Eagle lunar module on the surface of the Moon. (NASA)

On this day in 1969, two Apollo 11 crew members – commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin – became the first men to walk on the Moon. The two landed in NASA’s Eagle lunar module in the Sea of Tranquility and remained on the Moon’s surface for about 21 hours and 36 minutes collecting samples, placing scientific equipment, and photographing/filming the terrain.  The astronauts also spoke with President Nixon while on the Moon.

You can rewatch the ABC News video feed here showing Neil Armstrong as he steps on the surface of the Moon and famously states, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

You can read more about the Apollo 11 mission here.