July 20, 1969. Anniversary of mans first landing on the moon. Two US astronauts (Neil Alden Armstrong and Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr) landed lunar module Eagle at 4: 17 PM, EDT, and remained on the lunar surface 21 hours, 36 minutes and 16 seconds. The landing was made from the Apollo XI’s orbiting command-and-service module, code-named Columbia, whose pilot, Michael Collins, remained aboard. Armstrong was first to set foot on the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin were outside the spacecraft, walking on the moon’s surface, approximately 2 hours. The astronauts returned to Earth July 24, bringing photographs and rock samples.
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