The first moon landing
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50 years ago - on July 20, 1969 - astronaut Neil Armstrong made his "small step for a human" - he was the first human to set foot on the moon. This was the first time humanity had entered a foreign celestial body. The first moon landing of the Apollo 11 mission thus set a milestone in manned space flight.
The moon landing gave the Americans an important triumph in the showdown with the Soviet Union - the main enemy in the Cold War between the superpowers. But what was then celebrated as a political and technical triumph is almost forgotten today. The once so promising destination, the moon, has been taking its course in majestic solitude since the 1970s, but has not received any human visit for a long time.
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