20 July 2016
On July 20, 1969, man landed on the moon for the first time.
Astronauts Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, followed by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin after reaching the surface in their Apollo 11 lunar module.
No one will ever forget Armstrong’s first words as he stepped foot on the moon: “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
America’s efforts to send astronauts to the moon had its origins in a famous appeal made by then President John Fitzgerald Kennedy to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, where he said: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.”
At the time, the United States was trailing the Soviet Union in space development, yet Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy’s bold proposal.
To mark this year’s anniversary of the amazing feat, Neil Armstrong’s gloves and helmet from the first moon landing will go on display at the National Air and Space Museum.