The Apollo 11 was the first ever manned mission that successfully landed on the moon. Apollo 11 was launched into space in july of 1969 with three American astronauts – Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin ( No points for guessing – you know now from whose character ‘Buzz Lightyear ‘of ‘Toy Story’ was inspired from!! ). People all over the world were so excited that millions of people watched the launch.
Three days after it took off, Apollo 11 landed on moon on a spot called the “Sea of Tranquility” on July 20, 1969. This spot was selected because this area on moon was relatively flat and smooth.
It was only after six and a half hours after landing, Neil Armstrong stepped on the surface of the moon and spoke his famous words, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on moon. For the next two and a half hours all three of them made notes, took photos and a few samples from lunar surface.
After eight days of taking off, the astronauts returned to earth. They landed in water and were recovered by helicopter an hour after landing. President Nixon (President of the United States at the time), personally welcomed the astronauts.
Watch this amazing video of First walk on the moon that happened exactly 43 years ago.