The First Moon Landing
On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. As part of the three person, Apollo 11 mission, they took off from Kennedy Space Center on July 16 and entered a lunar orbit three days later. Armstrong and Aldrin then separated from the third astronaut, Michael Collins, and landed on the moon aboard the lunar module, Eagle. The two men remained on the surface of the moon for about two hours, taking photographs, running scientific tests and planting a U.S. flag. After a night in the lunar module they rejoined Collins and began a successful return journey, landing in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969.