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Ever wondered what the first astronauts to land on moon left there?

July 20, 2017 8:16 AM
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Ever wondered what the first astronauts to land on moon left there?

48 years ago today, the first ever humans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon, diminishing the distance between the universe and Earth.

July 20, 1969 was not just any other day for us humans living on the earth.

On this day, 48 years ago, technological progress led the humans to land on the moon- a dream that many of us dreamt.

Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Centre on July 16, 1969 carrying Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins and initiated the greatest mission in the history of science. The live broadcast was seen by 530 million people that day.

On July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first humans ever to land on the moon.

The 38-year-old Neil Armstrong was actually a civilian research pilot and was also the commander of the mission. Buzz Aldrin was the Lunar Module Pilot while Michael Collins was the Command Module Pilot during the Apollo 11 mission.

Apollo 11 travelled 2,40,000 miles in 76 hours and entered the lunar orbit on July 19, 1969. On July 20, the lunar module named "Eagle" was detached from the main module in which Michael Collins remained.

The command module "Eagle" then proceeded towards the lunar surface and two hours later it touched the surface of the moon. Only Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first humans to touch the moon as Collins was left behind to man the main module of Apollo 11.

Armstrong, being the first one to walk on the moon said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" as he took his first step.

After landing near the Sea of Tranquility, Armstrong immediately radioed to Mission Control in Houston, Texas, "The Eagle has landed."

After planting the US flag on the moon, Aldrin spoke with President at the time, Richard Nixon via Houston. The first ever footprints recorded on photograph were also Aldrin's footprints.

Apollo 11 mission was the first ever manned mission to land on the surface of the moon. There were some items that were left on the surface of the moon, out of which there was a plaque card that read, "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon - July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."

Source: indiatoday.intoday.in

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