“On July 20, 1969, the human race accomplished its single greatest technological achievement of all time when a human first set foot on another celestial body.
“Six hours after landing at 4:17 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with less than 30 seconds of fuel remaining), Neil A. Armstrong took the â€œSmall Stepâ€ into our greater future when he stepped off the Lunar Module, named â€œEagle,â€ onto the surface of the Moon, from which he could look up and see Earth in the heavens as no one had done before him.
“He was shortly joined by â€œBuzzâ€ Aldrin, and the two astronauts spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned 46 pounds of lunar rocks. After their historic walks on the Moon, they successfully docked with the Command Module â€œColumbia,â€ in which Michael Collins was patiently orbiting the cold but no longer lifeless Moon.”
(Text from the NASA History Office)
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