Even now, 50 years later, that day is still deeply etched in memories of many. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, NASA and others have gathered their stories for this week's golden anniversary.
From full moons to blue moons, pink moons, harvest moons, supermoons and more, here's a look at 25 stunning photos celebrating the moon ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.
New Zealand, Singapore and Luxembourg headline this emerging space-race between minnows.
How a vision of our planet from space produced nostalgia and homesickness in a tough astronaut.
During the Apollo space program, 12 men walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. Neil Armstrong was the first and Gene Cernan was the last to leave the lunar surface.
Earth may have moved on in the last half-century, but it makes our accomplishment no less magnificent.
Michael Collins returned Tuesday to the exact spot where he and two other astronauts flew to the moon 50 years ago.
July 16, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mission which would put the first humans, astronauts Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. and Neil A. Armstrong, on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Here's a look back at photos documenting the mission from the Associated Press archives.
That massive workforce stretched across the U.S. and included engineers, scientists, mechanics, technicians, pilots, divers, seamstresses, secretaries and more who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve those first lunar footsteps.
A half-century ago, in the middle of a mean year of war, famine, violence in the streets and the widening of the generation gap, men from planet Earth stepped onto another world for the first time, uniting people around the globe in a way not seen before or since.
Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, some people insist it never happened and was all a big hoax by the U.S. government.
Apollo 11's astronauts had six months to gel as a crew and prepare for humanity's greatest space feat. The three had never served together on the same spaceflight before, and the "almost frantic" preparation left little if any time for bonding.
What a White House speechwriter wrote would have qualified as the most eloquent speech Nixon ever gave — and one of the most poignant by any American president. Thankfully, it never had to be delivered.
What did Neil Armstrong really say when he took his first step on the moon?
"History will always record that the first person to set foot on the moon was Neil Armstrong from Wapakoneta, Ohio," said Dante Centuori, executive director of the Armstrong Air and Space Museum. "That's not going to change."
It's no wonder that the moon landing seemed like the stuff of movies. Some conspiracy theorists claimed it was one: another Kubrick production. But the truth of the landing was intertwined with cinema.
You can run a race, hit a museum, shoot off a rocket or count down to the moment 50 years ago that Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon.
Space agency had vision, genius and dash, but a strategy of incremental progress won the race.