On 16th July, 1969, NASA launched Apollo 11, its first spacecraft to the moon, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins. The spacecraft landed on 20th July. The astronauts spent more than 21 hours on the lunar surface carrying out scientific experiments and gathering samples. Almost 650 million people watched the television broadcast and heard the conversation between the then President Richard Nixon and the astronauts. Armstrong described how the event was "...one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind". Since then, several nations have made their mark in space exploration. This has led to new discoveries about planets and the solar system. Having said that, it will not be wring to admit that the Apollo 11 marked the beginning of the age of space. People around the world were thrilled to learn about the event. Hence, in honour of the first mission to the moon this week in 1969, we dedicate this week's topic to the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
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