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July 20, 1969: First Man Walks on the Moon

On this day in 1969, the spaceflight Apollo 11 landed the first humans, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the moon.  People watched worldwide as Armstrong took that momentous first step onto the moon, declaring, “This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

One does not simply land on the moon wearing a t-shirt and jeans.  See how these Historic Space Suits evolved to allow a successful landing on the moon!

Photo:  NASA


Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin make the first moonwalk, on July 20, 1969.

In these clips they can been seen planting the U.S. Flag on the lunar surface and experimenting with various types of movement in the Moon’s lower gravity, including loping strides and kangaroo hops.

Moonwalk One, ca. 1970

From the series: Headquarters’ Films Relating to Aeronautics, 1962 - 1981. Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006

via Media Matters » Stepping Stones to the Moon

Bill Nye didn’t invent the selfie

There’s a misconception on the internet that Bill Nye took the first selfie and invented the phenomonon in 1996 which is just not true. There’re plenty of examples of selfies before that.

Here’s Buzz Aldrin taking a selfie in space 30 years before Nye’s selfie.

No, the first selfie is this

Robert Cornelius, taken in 1839. Not only is this the first selfie, it is the first photograph of a human face.