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was the first mission that landed a person
on the moon. On July 16, 1969, the U. S. rocket Saturn 5
was launched carrying the lunar
landing module Eagle
. The Eagle was released and it reached the Moon
three days later. On July 20, millions of people back on Earth watched and listened
as astronaut Neil Armstrong
prepared to walk on the lunar surface.
"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". With these historic words, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon, leaving his footprint in the lunar soil. Over the next two and a half hours, he and another astronaut took photographs, collected soil and rock samples, and raised the American flag, while walking around on the Moon.
Apollo 11 returned safely to Earth on July 24, 1969. Today, the Apollo 11 mission is still one of the greatest space missions of all time.
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