52 Years of Apollo 11 Mission: Significance, History Of Moon Day
Moon Day 2021: 52 years of Apollo 11 Mission - know the history and significance of Moon Day
July 20 marks a special day in the history of the world. It is the day when man first walked on the moon in 1969. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that carried Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilots, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, as they took giant leaps for mankind.
With the 52nd anniversary of #Apollo11 coming up, I look back and reflect on our last news conference before launching to the Moon – those are the faces of true wonder and pure excitement! pic.twitter.com/AJ1k2oEWgy
— Dr. Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) July 14, 2021
Neil Armstrong’s first words from the moon were, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It was heard all over the Earth on this day in 1969. Armstrong was the first person to step on the Moon. He was joined by Buzz Aldrin almost 19 minutes later. The spaceflight was piloted by another Nasa astronaut Michel Collins.
National Moon Day was proclaimed in 1971 by the then US President Richard Nixon to honour the anniversary of man’s first moon landing. So July 20 became one of the most important days for the world as the sky opened up to new explorations and possibilities.
Since 1969, 10 additional men have stepped foot on the Moon. The last American to complete such a feat was astronaut Harrison Schmitt in 1972. NASA is now planning to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon in 2024 as part of the Artemis program.