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Timeline of The Apollo 11 Moon Landing (1969)

May 25, 1961

President John F. Kennedy announces the goal of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth before the end of the decade.

July 16, 1969

Apollo 11 launches from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

July 20, 1969

The Lunar Module 'Eagle,' with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin aboard, lands on the Moon's surface in the Sea of Tranquility. Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to set foot on the Moon, famously stating, 'That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.' Buzz Aldrin joins Armstrong on the Moon's surface, and they spend about two and a half hours conducting experiments and collecting samples.

July 21, 1969

Apollo 11's Lunar Module leaves the Moon's surface and returns to the Command Module 'Columbia,' piloted by Michael Collins, in lunar orbit.

July 24, 1969

Apollo 11 re-enters Earth's atmosphere and splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, about 900 miles southwest of Hawaii. The three Apollo 11 astronauts are recovered by the USS Hornet aircraft carrier and begin their journey back to Earth.


The Apollo 11 Moon landing was a historic achievement that marked a significant milestone in human space exploration. It symbolized the power of scientific and technological advancement and remains a testament to the human spirit of exploration and curiosity.