July 20, 1969 – First man walks on the moon, original transmission of audio & video
In a technological feat never before accomplished, and will perhaps never be rivaled, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.
Although the official NASA flight plan called for a crew rest period before extra-vehicular activity, Armstrong requested that the EVA be moved earlier in the evening, Houston time. Once Armstrong and Aldrin were ready to go outside, Eagle was depressurized, the hatch was opened and Armstrong made his way down the ladder first. He placed his left foot on the surface at 2:56 UTC July 21, 1969, then spoke the following words:
“That’s one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind.”
Listen to the original radio transmission of Neil Armstrong’s famous “mankind” statement [314mb in Mp3].
Watch the actual historic television footage of Armstrong’s famous first step on to the Moon [QuickTime, 5.0 mb]