See the Incredible Story of the Apollo 11 — First Spacecraft to Land on the Moon!

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The Apollo 11 spacecraft launched from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex on July 16, 1969. On July 20, Mission Commander Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, followed closely by Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin — Command Module Pilot Michael Collins looked on from the Moon’s orbit. Two were U.S. Air Force veterans while one was a Navy veteran, and all three were veteran astronauts.

This historic event preceded five more successful manned moon-landing missions for the Apollo program, ending with the Apollo 17 mission — the last time anyone has been on the lunar surface.

Learn more about one of humanity’s greatest exploratory accomplishments in the video below.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.