Apollo 11 Moon Landing: 50th Anniversary

I cannot believe it has been 50 years since man first set foot on the Moon!

“That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Neil Armstrong
Apollo 11

source: CNET.com

Even Neil Armstrong couldn’t remember exactly what he said in the famous line he spoke during humanity’s first-ever moon landing, NASA‘s Apollo 11 mission, as he stepped onto the lunar surface.

You know the sentence: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  And you always wonder: Didn’t he mean to say, “…for a man”? 

In fairness, he did have a lot on his mind. Even listening to the recording afterward, Armstrong still wasn’t quite sure.

History has in fact remembered Armstrong fondly. And now we’re ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that moon landing. It was July 20, 1969, when Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made cosmic history as they became the first humans ever to stand and walk on a heavenly body not called Earth.

It was a breathtaking engineering and logistical achievement. Humans had only started venturing into space less than a decade earlier — and even then, just barely outside Earth’s atmosphere. Our experience of space, which started with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in April 1961, was still quite limited when Apollo 8 made a trip ’round the moon in December 1968, the first time humans had ever broken free of Earth’s orbit.

That’s one small step for man…..The rest is history!

Calamity Jane