Celebrating 50 years since the moon landing

19 Jul 2019 - Victoria S Williams

20 July 2019 marks a very special date in history — the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! It was on 20 July 1969 that astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first people to walk on the moon.

Iconic achievement

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The 1969 moon landing is widely noted as one of the most iconic events of the 20th century. Although unmanned craft had landed on the moon before, when Apollo 11 touched down in July 1969 it was the first time that a human crew successfully made the journey.

Pictures of the moon landing were soon seen all around the world. Plus, the words spoken by Armstrong became one of the most famous quotes in history:

"That's one small step for a giant leap for mankind."

Experts in Engineering

Armstrong and Aldrin's journey to the moon started long before they ever boarded Apollo 11. In fact, it started when they both studied Engineering at university!

Buzz Aldrin studied Mechanical Engineering while serving in the US military, before going on to study a postgraduate degree in Astronautics. Similarly, Neil Armstrong graduated from Purdue University in the USA with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

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