It was July 20, 1969. Three American astronauts were waiting in a spaceship called Apollo 11. The astronauts were Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins. They were sitting on the top of a rocket that was 36 stories high. The astronauts were about to go on a great journey. Their destination was the moon, a quarter of a million miles away. Astronauts fired the rockets and blasted off into outer space. They traveled at great speed. Just 76 hours later they were orbiting the moon. After a while, two of the astronauts, Armstrong and Aldrin, left their spaceship in a lunar landing craft and prepared to land on the moon. Armstrong was the first to climb out and step down. As his left foot touched the rough surface of the moon, he said, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. It was for the first that man was walking on the moon. Just after 20 minutes Aldrin followed Armstrong and stepped on the moon. Both astronauts explored the area surrounding the landing craft. Then they took pictures, set up scientific equipment and collected sixty pounds of rocks and moon soil. They also set a television camera on the moon so that the whole world could watch. As the astronauts completed their mission, they were now ready to begin their return journey. They checked and double checked all the equipment and found everything working normally. Next, they fired another rocket, came out of the lunar orbit and headed back to earth. On the way, they were faced with no problem. On July 24, Apollo 11 splashed down about 1430 kilometers southwest of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. The astronauts came out of the spaceship, smiling broadly. They were hailed as heroes. They will certainly go down in history.