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July 20, 1969: The first Moon landing — page 1 
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 capsule landing.
This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first Moon landing. The Moon landing was one of the most important scientific accomplishments of all time. It also changed the way we look at our own planet, and at the universe.

Apollo 11 reached its destination on July 19th, and orbited the Moon 30 times. This spacecraft then separated into two parts: Eagle, containing Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Columbia, operated by Michael Collins. Eagle made its way to the Moon’s surface, while Michael Collins continued to orbit the Moon in Columbia. Eagle’s descent was a little too fast, but Armstrong managed to land it near a part of the Moon called the Sea of Tranquility on July 20th. Six hours later, Armstrong ventured down the ladder, becoming the very first human being to walk on the Moon. As he set foot on the Moon’s surface, he said these famous words: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Most of the pictures of the first moonwalk are of Buzz Aldrin, because Armstrong had the camera. For the next 21 and a half hours, the astronauts took soil and rock samples, planted a U.S. flag, and talked to President Richard Nixon on the telephone. They found it easier to get around than they expected. Although, because the Moon’s gravity is much lower than that of Earth. the astronauts found it easier to hop than to walk. They then got back into Eagle, rested for a few hours, then flew back into orbit. There, they were able to link up with Columbia for the journey back to Earth.
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