‘That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind’, the famous quotation made by Neil Armstrong upon his landing on the lunar surface, has become permanently etched in the annals of history. 20th and 21st of July 1969 marks a tribute to mankind’s quest for breaking the barriers of speed, distance and time so to speak. In the night between 21st and 22nd of July, around 528 million people from around the world watched agape in disbelief as the Saturn V rocket, which was part of the Apollo 11 mission touched the surface of moon, till then an unbelievable thought. Neil Armstrong became the first man to step on the moon and ended up inscribing his name permanently into the pages of history books. The experience of watching man’s conquest of the moon was shared by many who had vivid imagery of the two astronauts sauntering on a white lunar surface silhouetted against the black outer space.
The adventure filled journey began on 16th July 1969 from the Kennedy Space Centre in a Saturn V rocket as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins became the first humans to travel to earth’s only satellite. It was only Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin who landed on the lunar surface while Michael Collins stayed inside the module. The two spent around two hours and 31 minutes on the moon collecting rock samples, taking pictures, installing scientific equipment, the American flag, and a plaque bearing the message, ‘Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.’