Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed.
– Neil Armstrong (July 20, 1969)
“The planet is the cradle of the mind,” Konstantin Tsiolkovsky once wrote, “but one cannot stay in the cradle forever.” Forty years ago, to this very date, we reached the pinnacle of human achievement in the 20th century. Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins embarked on a journey to the Moon, aboard the Apollo 11 space mission. Perhaps to them, it was a stepping stone to further manned journeys to infinity and beyond.
While we know more about the Moon today, we’ll never know what it’s like for the men who were there first.