Exactly 45 years ago, the astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr., beaming with happiness, saluted the US flag on the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969. Armstrong became the first man to walk on the lunar surface as the spaceflight Apollo 11, the fifth manned mission in NASA’s Apollo space program, landed on the moon.

45th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong's giant leap for mankind

45th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind

Neil Armstrong, has he stepped slowly and steadily off the Eagle lunar module said “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Apollo 11, that consists of 3 modules – the Command Module, the Service Module and the Lunar Module, was launched on July 16, 1969 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins on board. Collins remained in the Command Module, while the astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin had ventured onto the moon surface, spent around two-and-a-half hours, experimenting and collecting data, before returning to Earth on July 24, 1969.

Armstrong, as he placed the American flag on the moon, radioed “Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Aldrin left a plaque with a message “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon — July 1969 A.D. — We came in peace for all mankind.”

Celebrating the 45th anniversary, Buzz Aldrin tweeted “On this 45th anniversary of our moon landing I am heading to KSC to meet up with Michael Collins. Neil will be missed but with us in spirit.”

He also tweeted “Today is the 45th Anniversary of our Apollo 11 moon landing. We’ve met the President every 5 years since 1969,” along with a link – http://www.whosay.com/status/buzzaldrin/949082?wsref=tw&code=HpA8QIH.

If the truth is to be told, the Apollo 11 team had taken risks that probably NASA will not even allow today, like on the way to the landing site, Eagle reportedly missed the target and landed just within the allowable limits for fuel.

Marking the anniversary, NASA TV broadcasted the restored footage of the astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin’s lunar footsteps at 10:39 p.m. EDT, exactly the same time, Armstrong opened the Eagle’s hatch 45 years ago.