July 20, 1969


Yes, it was hugely expensive. Yes, we had challenges here on Earth that were going unaddressed. Yes, other than national pride, it hasn’t translated into much in the way of practical benefit. Nonetheless, hundreds of millions of people held their breaths as, with minutes to go, the lunar lander experienced guidance computer problems, and Neil Armstrong had to take control. The small ship missed its intended landing target, and fuel was running out, but Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin managed to the the craft safely down. Nearly three hours later, Armstrong became the first person to walk elsewhere than Earth.



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