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"One giant leap for mankind," 50 years on

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Published on July 10, 2019 - Duration: 04:12s

"One giant leap for mankind," 50 years on

The United States is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the surface of the moon.

The historic event on July 20, 1969 was witnessed live by television audiences around the world and catapulted the U.S. to the forefront of space exploration.

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"One giant leap for mankind," 50 years on

Saturday (July 20) marks 50 years since the historic first moon landing in 1969.

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, rocketing astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins into space.

Four days later, on July 20, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin landed Apollo 11's module, the Eagle, on the moon and stepped onto the lunar surface.

An estimated 650 million people watched the televised moon landing and heard Armstrong declare the moment as "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," according to NASA.

Aldrin, Armstrong and Collins were welcomed home as heroes.

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