20th July
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1969 "One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap For Mankind"

With those words, American astronaut, Neil Armstrong, 38, stepped off space craft The Eagle, at 10:56 pm, and walked on the Moon, the first time a human had ever done so.

At 11.11pm he was joined by "Buzz" Aldrin, and together they took photographs, planted a US flag and spoke to President Richard M. Nixon via Houston.

The audience for this live televised broadcast was estimated at a billion.

It had taken the crew 76 hours to travel the 240,000 miles to the moon.

They left a plaque on the moon which read:

"Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon--July 1969 A.D--We came in peace for all mankind."

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