July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap for Mankind

At 10:56 p.m. EDT Sunday night, as perhaps 1 billion earth men and women watched and listened, the civilian commander of Apollo 11 stood on the 37-inch diameter landing pad of his Eagle craft and then carefully lifted his left foot off the saucer-shaped gear and pressed it into the Sea of Tranquility.  He was a ghostly white figure moving in buoyant ungravity on a powdery plain some 240,000 miles away- and yet as close as the TV set across the room, as real as a recurrent dream.  For with him walked all men who have ever lived or who are yet to live.

Newsweek  July 28, 1969



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