How the Mail covered the moon landings 50 years ago this week

Mail Online | 7/14/2019 | Angus Macpherson In Houston For The Daily Mail
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By Angus Macpherson for the Daily Mail in Houston

Man took his first steps on the surface of the Moon early today as a breathless world watched the climax of a staggering feat of human and scientific endeavour.

Neil - Armstrong - Civilian - Apollo - Crew

Neil Armstrong, the only civilian in the Apollo 11 crew of three, climbed from the landing craft Eagle and walked down the nine steps of its ladder to lead humanity’s conquest of the planets.

It was 3.56am BST when, after opening Eagle’s hatch and clambering on to its porch, Armstrong gingerly put a left foot on the Moon.

Earth - Millions - TV - Viewers - Figure

On Earth, millions of TV viewers watched tensely as the shadowy figure of the 38-year-old in his cumbersome spacesuit stepped away from the Eagle to begin his lunar tasks.

His voice shaking slightly with emotion, he described the surface as being made of fine sandy particles.

Aldrin - Rocks - Powdery - Surface - Men

Aldrin reported the rocks were rather slippery, with a powdery surface, and the men tended to slide over them easily. He had found a purple rock.

Then he picked his way over the pitted, boulder-strewn surface to collect rock and dust samples to take to Earth.

Aldrin - Armstrong - Moon - Armstrong - Backwards

Aldrin joined Armstrong on the Moon at 4.16am. Armstrong talked him down as he emerged backwards from the craft.

Over a telephone link-up from the White House, President Richard Nixon told the astronauts: ‘Hello, Neil and Buzz. This has to be the most historic telephone call ever made. I just can’t tell you how proud we all are.

Day - Lives - People - World - Americans

For every American this has to be the proudest day of our lives. People all over the world will join with Americans in recognising what an immense feat this is.

Armstrong spent two hours 40 minutes on the surface and Aldrin 2¼ hours, collecting rock samples and setting up three experimental instruments.

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These were a seismometer powered by the Sun to record...
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