One of the most enduring moments of history is the day when humans set a foot on the moon for the first time. The day when Neil Armstrong set a foot on the moon in 1969, was monumental! As the 50th anniversary to mark the day comes around, there are certain details that everyone wants to know about.
For the first time, the human race set a foot on the Moon when NASA’s Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went to the moon. Beating the Soviet Union to it, NASA waved the US flag on the moon.
On July 21st, when Apollo 11 landed, the two astronauts did not exit the module for the next six hours. With approximately 650 million people watching the news and following these two, Armstrong took the first step. Creating history, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon.
After taking the first step, the astronaut made a famous statement, “That one step may be a small step for a man, but it was a leap for humanity.” Shortly after making his statement, he went on to describe what the moon looked like.
However, lucky for this generation, all of his audio communications and records have been digitalized and stored by NASA. According to what Armstrong saw that day, the moon’s surface was covered with a substance which was powdery and fine, very much like sand.
Furthermore, he did not have any trouble in moving around on the moon with the lunar regolith and he saw his footsteps immediately. Although the moon’s gravity is one-sixth of earth’s, Armstrong says that movements in space were easier than the earth’s simulations.
He also mentioned that as they had suspected, moving around on Moon was hardly a problem for them. Now, however, we do not have to worry about what the moon looks like.