50 years ago this week, Neil Armstrong uttered what remains one of the most iconic statements relevant to all of humanity except for the Bible: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
“Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed!” With these words spoken 50 years ago, astronaut Neil Armstrong announced to our world that he and Buzz Aldrin had become the first humans to land on another world.
A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world Saturday, gathering in record heat at races and other festivities to commemorate Apollo 11′s “giant leap” by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
Gone is the haze of cigarette, cigar and pipe smoke. Gone are the coffee, soda and pizza stains. With only a few exceptions, NASA’s Apollo-era Mission Control has been restored to the way it looked 50 years ago when two men landed on the moon.