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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Jul 20, 2014

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.

As he stepped onto the lunar surface, Armstrong said, “That is one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Today is the 45th anniversary of humanity’s historic first steps on the moon. “One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Read the story in pictures: Best photos of Apollo 11 and first footsteps on moon

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