Moon dreaming, early 1960s

For many years, the US and the then Soviet Union were in a race to conquer space, and walking on the Moon was the ultimate dream.

The US was determined to get a manned mission there first and in 1962 President John F Kennedy made a now-famous speech announcing: “We choose to go to the Moon.”

On 20 July – nearly 110 hours after leaving Earth, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on to the surface of the Moon. He was followed 20 minutes later by Buzz Aldrin.

Armstrong’s words, beamed to the world by TV, entered history: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

  • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
  • “ Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”
  • “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
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