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Anniversary of the First Man To Walk On the Moon

Friday, July 20, 2018

On the morning of July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were launched into space atop a Saturn V rocket at Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.

After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, the spacecraft entered lunar orbit on July 19. The following day at 1:46 p.m., lunar landing module Eagle, manned by Armstrong and Aldrin, broke off from the command module, where Collins stayed.

Approximately two hours later, the Eagle began its decent to the lunar surface, and at 4:18 p.m. the module landed on the southwestern edge of the Sea of Tranquility. At that point in time, Armstrong radioed to Mission Control in Houston, Texas the following message: “The Eagle has landed.”

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