Photo and Video Gallery: Happy 50th To Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Almost 50 years ago on July 20,1969, the first human steps were taken on some REAL foreign soil. The moon landing by Apollo 11 astronauts captivated a nation and the world, with a live TV audience that outdrew the previous 6 Super Bowls. Combined. The total estimates for worldwide viewing was about three quarters of a billion people. That’s a record that remains unbroken even today. And why not? This as-it-happened moment was one for the ages.

Memorable words were spoken. “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” And “That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.” The inscription written on the placed plaque read, “we came in peace for all mankind.” Those were words of hope and optimism spoken for a troubled world. Here are just some of the memorable moments captured in pictures, courtesy of NASA. And check out the videos.

CBS live coverage as it was happening.

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