On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft left Earth at 9:32 in the morning. Earlier Apollo missions had practiced spending time in space and orbiting the moon. The crew members on this trip were Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. After going around the Earth one and a half times, the spacecraft took off for the moon. On July 19, the Apollo began to orbit the moon.
After 24 hours orbiting the moon, Armstrong and Aldrin moved to the lunar module, known as the Eagle. Collins stayed in the Command Service Module, the Columbia. The Eagle separated from the Columbia and landed on the moon on July 20. Neil Armstrong was the first person in history to walk on the moon. He and Aldrin collected samples of the moon’s rocks and planted an American flag on the moon’s surface. They took pictures and enjoyed moving around on the moon, with its gravity that is only one-sixth as strong as the Earth’s.