Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, 1969.
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Armstrong is suited up in preparation for a practice of his lunar surface activities at the Manned Spacecraft Centre (now Johnson Space Centre), Houston, Texas. Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mision carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, was launched on 16th July 1969. Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon on 20th July 1969, followed shortly afterwards by Aldrin. Collins, the Command Module pilot, remained in lunar orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the surface.