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The Eagle has landed

The Eagle has landed

Posted July 21, 2021
History / Arts / Culture

Media Release: NASA

Apollo 11

Launched: July 16, 1969

Landed: July 20, 1969, Sea of Tranquility

Splashed Down: July 24, 1969

Six hours after landing at 4:17 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (with less than 30 seconds of fuel remaining), Neil A. Armstrong took the “Small Step” into our greater future when he stepped off the Lunar Module, named “Eagle”, onto the surface of the moon, from which he could look up and see the earth in the heavens as no man had done before him.

He was shortly joined by “Buzz” Aldrin, and the two astronauts spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned 46 pounds of lunar rocks. Their liftoff from the surface of the moon was (partially) captured on a TV camera they left behind, and they successfully docked with Michael Collins, patiently orbiting the cold but no longer lifeless moon alone in the Command Module “Columbia.”

The moon walkers left behind a plaque on the lunar surface that read:

“Here Men From Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon The Moon. July 1969 A.D. We Came In Peace For All Mankind.”    NASA​​​