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Buzz Aldrin's boot on lunar soil, Apollo 11 mission

These boots were made for moonwalking. On July 21, 1969, astronaut Buzz Aldrin made history when he became the second man to walk on the moon, proclaiming ‘beautiful view’ as he stepped onto the lunar surface. Standing near Neil Armstrong, who got those lucky first steps, he went on to describe the scene as ‘magnificent desolation.’

With this historic image we’re marking the start of World Space Week, an event observed around the world. The start of the observance is timed to coincide with the anniversary of Sputnik 1, which was launched 60 years ago today, ushering in the Space Race. The rest, as they say, is history.

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon’s surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent just under a day on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
Mission start: Jul 16, 1969
Mission end: Jul 24, 1969
Astronauts: Neil Armstrong · Buzz Aldrin · Michael Collins
Space program: Apollo program
Destination: Moon
Aldrin Apollo 11
Aldrin poses on the Moon, allowing Armstrong to photograph both of them using the visor’s reflection