On this day, 46 years ago, the spirit of human exploration reached a high point. On July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC, Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first men on the moon. American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon while Michael Collins orbited above.
The History Place – See photos and learn more about this historic event.
We Choose the Moon – An interactive experience recreating the historic Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in real time. Includes period photographs and video clips.
We’ve all heard of the first step taken on the moon, but many people don’t know what took place in the lunar module shortly before the moonwalk. Buzz Aldrin, a devout Christian and church elder, took communion on the moon. Afterwards, he wrote, “It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.” (And some of the first words spoken on the moon were the words of Jesus Christ, which Aldrin quoted from the Bible.) The following scene from the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon re-enacts that moment:
This two-minute video montage shows highlights of the Apollo 11 moonwalk: