NASA’s Moon landing dating back in 1969 marked the first time a man walked on the surface of the Moon – Neil Armstrong.
Express.co.uk revealed some more impressive details of the monumental event.
Back in ’69, NASA won the race to the Moon on July 20. It was able to defeat the Soviet Union to the lunar finish line.
NASA’s Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have been the first two men who accomplished this momentous event. But the honor to be the very first man who set foot on the Moon was given to Mission Commander Armstrong.
Exactly on July 21, just six hours after Apollo landed on the moon, Armstrong and Aldrin have exited the Eagle Lunar Module.
It’s been reported that about 650 million people worldwide watched with immense excitement and emotion as Commander Armstrong descended on the lunar surface.
The astronaut said back then the following words which made history: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
And shortly after he spoke this now iconic phrase, he described to NASA’s Mission Control in Houston, Texas, exactly what the Moon looked like, as reported by the online publication mentioned above.
All transcripts and audio are stored by NASA
It’s essential to note that all the detailed transcripts of the mission and all audio has been stored and digitalized by NASA.
The surface was fine and powdery just like sand, and he walked easier on the surface compared to simulations that have been performed on Earth.
Commander Armstrong said: “Yes, the surface is fine and powdery. I can kick it up loosely with my toe. It has a stark beauty all its own.”
He continued and said: “It does adhere in fine layers, like powdered charcoal, to the sole and sides of my boots. I only go in a small fraction of an inch, maybe an eighth of an inch but I can see the footprints of my boots and the threads in the fine, sandy particles. Ah… There seems to be no difficulty in moving around – as we suspected.”
This year, we’ll be celebrating 50 years since the impressive event.
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