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Man on moon. Full story

The News - 21 July 1969

Adelaide; News Limited

Newspaper, 510 x 410 mm

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On 20 July 1969, six hours after landing, Neil Armstrong took the first steps ever taken by man on the surface of the moon. His words “That’s one small step for man — one giant leap for mankind” capture the spirit of one of our greatest scientific achievements. There is practically no erosion on the moon, so Armstrong’s first footprint in the fine sand of the moon’s surface should remain there for millions of years. Buzz Aldrin joined Armstrong on the surface about 15 minutes later. The two astronauts spent two hours and 31 minutes walking on the moon. They planted an American flag, collected 21.7 kilograms of moon rock and other samples, placed scientific equipment and took a call from President Richard Nixon. A plaque was fixed to the leg of the lunar landing vehicle to commemorate the landing. It bears the signatures of President Nixon and the three Apollo 11 crew members (Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins). The plaque reads: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”

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