July 20, 1969 — Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon
Exactly 50 years ago, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on to the moon.
He was accompanied by Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, while Michael Collins orbited around.
Apollo 11 was a huge success for NASA, lending the US space programme an edge over the Soviet Union. It was more than a victory in a ‘space coldwar’.
The astronauts brought back 382 kilograms of rock and soil samples to Earth. They led to remarkable discoveries.
These samples revealed the history of Moon and our solar system. The satellite formed of an ocean of magma when a giant object slammed an early version of Earth.
We will learn a lot if we study the moon NASA has plans to do so.
The Trump administration wants NASA to send humans to the moon by 2024.
The agency is working on a mission called Artemis to focus on a permanent settlement there. NASA promises it will include the first woman to the moon
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