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Neil Armstrong 1st person on the Moon at 2:56AM GMT (1969)

Neil Armstrong 1st person on the Moon at 2:56AM GMT (1969)

At 02:56 GMT on 21 July 1969, Armstrong became the first person to step onto the Moon. He was joined by Aldrin 19 minutes later. The two spent about two hours together outside the lunar module, taking photographs and collecting 21.5 kg of lunar material to be tested back on Earth. The video recording of his moonwalk was transmitted to Mission Control in Houston and watched by 530 million people on television across the world.

His first words were “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”. The Eagle’s crew lifted off safely from the moon on July 21st, docked with Columbia, and voyaged back to Earth for a successful ocean landing on July 24th.

 

Activity Ideas:

  • Create your very own straw rockets to launch on the moon – here
  • Take an Out of this World Moon Quiz – here
  • Watch Neil in the moon landing with the clip – here
  • And watch a 1970 interview with Neil Armstrong – here