It Had To Be Told retells the most iconic sports-and-history moments of our lifetime. One of those moments is the story of the Apollo 11 moon landing or The Great Space Race.
Today, July 20th marks the 48th anniversary of the infamous moment, “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 4:18 pm. roughly 200-thousand miles from earth.
With almost half a billion people watching the event on television, approximately six hours after landing, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon.
The Apollo 11 astronauts proceeded to then place the American flag on the moon’s surface to commemorate the great space race.
Interesting Moon Landing Facts
- July 20, 1969 – [4:17 pm EDT] Apollo 11 becomes the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon.
- Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot) and Michael Collins(command module pilot) were the crew.
- The Apollo 11 spacecraft consisted of the command module, Columbia, and the lunar module, Eagle.
- The crew traveled 240,000 miles from the Earth to the moon in 76 hours.
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