Apollo 11: US celebrates 53rd anniversay of 1st man landing on the moon 

July 20, 1969

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins landed on the moon aboard NASA's Apollo 11 spacecraft. 

Brian Odom 

'People will never look at the sky the same way again,' says Brian Odom, NASA's acting chief historian 

On July,1969

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 was blasted into orbit by a Saturn V rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as it took about four days to reach the Moon. 

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first people to walk on the lunar surface, spending a little over two hours collecting rock samples for scientists back on Earth to research.

What Neil Armstrong Spotted?

According to Prof. El-Baz, with mere minutes left before the spacecraft would begin its return to Earth, Neil Armstrong spotted a crater that was exactly what the researchers wanted.

Armstrong's Task

Professor Farouk El-Baz, an Apollo 11 scientist, has assigned Armstrong a task. He had a task to take photos of "targets of opportunity" outlined by NASA, which included finding out the thickness of the soil on the lunar surface.

24 July, 1969

On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 returned to earth, splashing down into the Pacific Ocean.