The historic Apollo 11 moon landing – in photos
Relive the painstaking mission that led to the first human footprints on the Earth’s natural satellite
Neil Armstrong made history when he stepped out of Apollo 11’s Eagle landing module on 21 July 1969, leaving the first human footprints on the Earth’s natural satellite.
After nearly one day on the moon’s surface, Armstrong and Aldrin returned to the mothership and the Apollo 11 crew adjusted the craft’s trajectory in order to return home.
Their capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on 24 July 1969 and the crew was welcomed, honoured and cheered by the world.
A worldwide audience of an estimated 600 million people watched the broadcast of the first moon landing.