It was 36 years ago today, July 20, 1969 when man first stepped on the moon. As Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder of Apollo 11’s Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) and stepped onto the lunar surface, he said “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” What he meant to say, but didn’t in the exitement was “That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.”
Take a look tonight at the moon, it will be full tomorrow night.
There is a new feature at moon.google.com where you can see the landing site for not just the Apollo 11, but also the:
- Apollo 12 on Nov 19, 1969
- Apollo 14 on Feb 5, 1971
- Apollo 15 on Jul 30, 1971
- Apollo 16 on Apr 20, 1972
- Apollo 17 on Dec 11, 1972
Zoom all the way in by clicking the “+” symbol on the map to see the detail of the lunarscape.
You can watch the official NASA video clip here.
Bill Petro, your friendlyneighborhood skygazer