...one giant leap for mankind.
On this day in 1969, Apollo XI astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle in the Sea of Tranquillity and they were on the surface of the moon for around 21.5 hours.
Internationally, nearly 700 million people viewed the moment on television live, as it happened.
In total 12 people have walked on the moon, all between 1969 and 1972 as part of the Apollo program. As well as this, 12 more have flown to the moon but have not walked on the surface.