On July 20th, 1969, NASA Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins completed “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” as famously spoken by Armstrong.
They had left Earth on July 16th, traveling from Florida to the moon in four days. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours walking the moon’s surface before re-joining Collins on the ship and heading home.
NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden wrote of the anniversary: “You can see that today’s astronauts, scientists and engineers continue to be inspired by the Apollo 11 mission. I’m proud and privileged to head a space agency that is accomplishing so much today with the legacy of the Apollo 11 crew and the thousands of ground support personnel who facilitated their success. As the world’s leader in exploration, we have so much to look forward to in the coming years.”
Forty-five years ago, man conquered the moon. Today, plans for mankind’s next ‘giant leap’, a first step on Mars, are underway at NASA.
Rod Pyle’s film commemorating the events of that momentous July is an incredible look back as we reflect on just how far we have come in the short forty-five years since 1969.
~SPB Global tech writer