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History and Heritage

Lunar Landing

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission

July 20, 1969. America, and the world for that matter, sits glued to televisions across the globe.

With silent awe, millions watch intently as Neil Armstrong and his Apollo 11 crew prepare to become the first men on the moon. Armstrong, a former Naval Aviator with more than 10 years of military flight experience, and several years of research pilot experience, is the crew commander. His command module pilot is Michael Collins and his Lunar Module Pilot is Edwin "Buzz" E. Aldrin, Jr.

Upon landing the Eagle lunar module on the moon, Armstrong opens the hatch and begins to descend the ladder onto the desolate and uncharted lunar surface. He is now enjoying what could possibly be one of the greatest port calls in our solar system. With his now famous exclamation "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" he has become the first man to ever set foot on the moon.