This event captured the attention of the whole world with hundreds of millions, perhaps 1 in every 5 people, watching on TV. On July 20, 1969, two astronauts did what no-one had ever done before-they walked on the moon. Neil Armstrong who led the mission and was the first person to walk on the moon’s surface, said these famous words: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” The landing made news headlines and made everyone confident about the future. If we could send people to the moon everything seemed possible. The moon landing came after America won the race with Russia to send men to the moon which had started over 12 years earlier. The last mission to the moon was in 1972. Though humans haven’t returned to the moon since, they have continued to explore space. What a distance mankind has come since the first manned flight by the Wright brothers in their Flyer in 1903.