Today, July 20, 2009 no ordinary day - forty years have passed since the ship Apollo 11 landed on the moon.
The commander of the manned spacecraft Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong descended to the surface of the moon July 21, 1969 at 02 hours 56 minutes 20 seconds GMT. Going down on the moon, he said the following sentence:
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
Aldrin (lunar module pilot) left on the lunar surface in about fifteen minutes after Armstrong. He stayed on the lunar surface a little more than half an hour, Armstrong - about two hours and ten minutes.
Astronauts have walked on the surface, collected a number of samples of lunar soil and installed a television camera. Then, astronauts installed the flag of the United States of America (the US Congress rejected a proposal to NASA flight set on the moon instead of the national flag of the United Nations), held a two-minute session with President Nixon, made an additional ground fence, installed on the lunar surface scientific instruments (seismometer and a laser reflector) . After installing the devices, astronauts collected additional soil samples (total weight of the samples brought to Earth - 24, 9 kg at the maximum allowable weight of 59 kg) and returned to the lunar module.
The total duration of stay of the lunar module on the moon's surface: 21 hours 36 minutes.
On the left on the surface of the moon landing stage of the lunar module reinforced plate engraved with her card hemispheres of the Earth and the words "Here, people from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon. July 1969 a new era. We come in peace on behalf of all mankind. " These words are engraved signatures of all three astronauts "Apollo 11" and President Nixon.