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Telecast of Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong descending the lunar module ladder just prior to taking the first step on the moon, Sunday, July 20, 1969. The TV camera automatically deployed after Armstrong pulled on a special ring. As he stepped onto the moon's surface he proclaimed, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" - inadvertently omitting an "a" before "man" and slightly changing the meaning. Below: Close-up of the footprint from the first step. Further Below: Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, lunar module pilot, poses for a photo beside the United States flag. The lunar module is seen on the left. Numerous footprints are now clearly visible in the fine grained, powder-like moon soil. (Photo credits: courtesy NASA)

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