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On 16 July 1969, at 9.30 in the morning, Apollo 11 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There were three astronauts – Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. The enormous rocket took three days to complete the 250,000 miles to the moon, travelling at six miles per second (21,600 miles an hour). Then it circled the moon 30 times, giving time to prepare for the landing.
The lunar landing
The lunar module landed on a part of the moon called the Sea of Tranquillity at 8.17 in the evening on 20 July. It was time for the astronauts to rest, but they were too excited to sleep. At 3.00 in the morning on July 21, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. Six hundred million people all over the world
watched on TV. As Armstrong took his first steps, he said the famous words, ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’
Walking on the moon
Armstrong and Aldrin spent two and a half hours walking on the moon. They collected samples and set up scientific equipment. Finally, they put up a US flag. After 22 hours on the moon, the lunar module lifted off and flew up to join the rocket that took them back to Earth. They left an inscription:
‘Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon, July 1969. We came in peace for all mankind.’
This flight was the beginning of man’s exploration of space.