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On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins became the first men to land on the moon. The length of this trip was approximately 240,000 miles and took about 76 hours one way. The shuttle landed on a flat, darkened area of the moon known as the “Sea of Tranquility.” From Earth, these areas of the moon looked like bodies of water. This mission to the moon is called Apollo 11.
In honor of today being our moon-iversary, how about some fun facts about the landing in 1969?
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It’s been nearly 50 years since we first stepped foot on the moon. We’ve done so much since then. What else will we accomplish in the time to come?