Apollo 11 was an American spaceflight mission, the first to land
astronauts on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot
Buzz Aldrin set the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle down on July 20, 1969, at
20:17 UTC. Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface six hours later on
July 21 at 02:56 UTC; Aldrin (pictured) joined him 19 minutes later.
They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the
spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to
bring back to Earth. While they were on the Moon's surface, Michael
Collins flew the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit.
Armstrong's first step onto the lunar surface was broadcast on live TV
to a worldwide audience. He described the event as "one small step for
[a] man, one giant leap for mankind". Armstrong and Aldrin spent
21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar
orbit. The astronauts returned to Earth and splashed down in the Pacific
Ocean on July 24.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11>
Today's selected anniversaries:
French brothers Claude and Nicéphore Niépce received a patent
for their Pyréolophore, one of the world's first internal combustion
The first games of the Special Olympics, for athletes with
intellectual disabilities, were held at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The Chinese Communist Party launched a persecution campaign
against the Falun Gong spiritual movement, beginning the arrests of
thousands of practitioners nationwide.
A suicide attack in Suruç, Turkey, for which ISIL claimed
responsibility, killed 34 people and injured 104 others.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling the Moon (that is, Luna, the Earth's
2. Shaped like a crescent moon; lunate.
3. (chiefly historical) (Believed to be) influenced by the Moon, as in
character, growth, or properties.
4. (alchemy, chemistry, historical) Of or pertaining to silver (which
was symbolically associated with the Moon by alchemists).
5. (astronomy) Of or pertaining to travel through space between the
Earth and the Moon, or exploration and scientific investigation of the
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Some years ago, I was lucky enough invited to a gathering of
great and good people: artists and scientists, writers and discoverers
of things. And I felt that at any moment they would realise that I
didn’t qualify to be there, among these people who had really done
things. On my second or third night there, I was standing at the back of
the hall, while a musical entertainment happened, and I started talking
to a very nice, polite, elderly gentleman about several things,
including our shared first name. And then he pointed to the hall of
people, and said words to the effect of, "I just look at all these
people, and I think, what the heck am I doing here? They’ve made
amazing things. I just went where I was sent." And I said, "Yes. But you
were the first man on the moon. I think that counts for something." And
I felt a bit better. Because if Neil Armstrong felt like an imposter,
maybe everyone did.
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