Commemorating 40th Year of Moon Landing - 20th July 1969
"One small step for man is a giant leap for mankind". Yeah those were the words when 40 years ago Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on Moon. It did not transform into a giant leap for space travel for future but it sure has given us amazing memories of the same. Read on!
Forty years ago, the world stopped turning just for a minute, and everyone looked up.
Schools and workplaces in America came to a halt, while little boys and girls across Scotland were dragged out of their beds to see the most important footprint in the history of the human race being set into the lunar dust.
At 3am on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong lowered himself down gently from the Eagle lander and became the first human on the moon.
Armstrong, an Ohio-born fighter pilot turned astronaut, was quickly followed on to the moon's surface by fellow space travellers Buzz Aldrin. But it was 39-year-old Neil who became the ultimate icon in human exploration, and the most famous First in our history.
A few years later, Armstrong enjoyed another big first when he brought Scotland right into the space age by acknowledging his important Scots roots, and visited his ancestral family seat in Langholm, becoming the first and only man to receive the freedom of the tiny Borders town.
But 40 years later, even the generations who consider the Apollo programme the subject of history books and the movies, the moon landing is the lasting image of the space era.
And with the memory of Scots-descended Armstrong and his brave colleagues lasting strong in the public consciousness, there is still a lot for us to stop to look up to.
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