July 20, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.
Astronauts Land On Plain; Collect Rocks, Plant Flag
historic landing at 4:17:40 P.M., Eastern daylight time. Neil A. Armstrong radioed
“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
Armstrong planted the first human footprint on the lunar crust at 10:56:20 P.M., as a television camera outside the craft transmitted to hundreds of millions of people on earth.
“One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind.”
Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. The astronauts also returned to Earth the first samples from another planetary body. Apollo 11 achieved its primary mission – to perform a manned lunar landing and return the mission safely to Earth – and paved the way for the Apollo lunar landing missions to follow.