The Moon (CBS Newspath) -- On this day in history, July 20, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon.
FILE - In this 1969 photo provided by NASA the crew of the Apollo 11 mission is seen. From left are Neil Armstrong, Mission Commander, Michael Collins, Lt. Col. USAF, and Edwin Eugene Aldrin, also known as Buzz Aldrin, USAF Lunar Module pilot. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP Photo/NASA)
The moon landing and walk took place 4 days after the Apollo 11 blasted off from the Cape Kennedy launch pad. Armstrong and his partner Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin joined him to conduct experiments, take photos, and collect samples on the moon's "sea of tranquility." The mission's third member, air force Lt. Col. Michael Collins stayed behind on the Columbia, orbiting the moon and waiting for his partners to board again for the journey home.
Glued to their televisions, the world watched in awe 251,000 miles away.
The Apollo 11 crew returned to earth as heroes on July 24 when their craft splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean.