The first moon walker

Neil Armstrong made history in 1969 when he planted his feet — and a flag — on the moon

By Janet Raloff, 11:58 AM August 29, 2012

Editor's note: July 20, 2014 marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon walk.




A little more than 40 years ago, an American astronaut climbed down the ladder of his lunar landing module — the Eagle — and became the first human to touch the moon’s surface. As he steadied himself, he said: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Around the globe, an estimated 530 million people watched on their televisions as Neil Armstrong uttered those now-famous words. On August 25,...

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