The iconic phrase, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” was said by Neil Armstrong. He became the first man to set foot on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission. That was 50 years ago.
Back in 1969, three U.S astronauts were sent to space in a rocket called the Saturn V from Cape Kennedy, Florida. Once in space, Michael Collins boarded the command module. Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were on the lunar module, known as the Eagle, which later landed on the moon's surface. Neil Armstrong was the first to set foot on the surface of the moon. The astronauts were on the moon for almost three hours walking around, collecting samples, conducting experiments, and taking photos.
July 20th marks the fiftieth anniversary of this historic event. Since then, countless others have also set foot on the lunar surface. But, the Apollo 11 mission remains one of the most memorable and monumental space missions in the history of the United States.
[Sources: Wisconsin State Journal; Madison.com]