Man on the Moon: Celebrating 50 years of one giant step for mankind


“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

When Neil Armstrong (right) took the first human steps on another planet on 20th July 1969 and spoke those famous words, he not only achieved a goal set by US President John F. Kennedy but fulfilled a dream as old as humanity.

President Kennedy had stood before congress in 1961 and proposed that the US “should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” The Apollo 11 mission successfully completed this goal eight years later and wrapped up a huge victory for the US over the Soviets in the Cold War space race.

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