July 20

Buzz Aldrin of the Apollo XI mission on the surface of the moon Image Credit: NASA.

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One Giant Leap for Mankind

On this day in 1969, Apollo XI Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin landed the Eagle Module in the moon's Sea of Tranquility. Command Module Pilot Michael Collins remained with the Columbia Space Module in Lunar Orbit.

It was during this mission that the first color tv transmissions were issued from space to earth. More than half a billion people tuned in to hear Armstrong declare this event to be "one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind."

Check out the Science NetLinks collection, Celebrating Space Exploration, for more on the human love affair with space and space travel. Team Moon (6-8) would be a good place to start.

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