The First Moon Landing

The First Moon Landing
US astronauts land on the moon in a high water mark of the Cold War-era space race.

July 20, 1969 was a momentous day in human history, as American astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission became the first humans to set foot on the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent approximately 2 hours on the lunar surface collecting specimens while pilot Michael Collins flew the command module overhead. The mission returned to earth on July 24th, with the three men becoming instant heroes. Apollo 11 was the first of six American manned missions to the moon. The event marked a high profile moment in the Cold War space race between the US and the USSR.

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