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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Jul 20, 2016

Small step for man, giant leap for mankind

The world watched on television as Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969. It was the first time humans walked another world.

Neil Armstrong descending to the moon's surface on July 20, 1969.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong about to step off onto the lunar surface. Image via NASA

Today is the 46th anniversary of humanity’s historic first steps on the moon. And many remember Neil Armstrong’s first words as he stepped onto the lunar surface:

One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.

This photo commemorates that historic first step. The video below has more.

Read the story in pictures: Best photos of Apollo 11 and first footsteps on moon

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