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50 years ago, on July 20, 1969, humans first landed on the moon. Is this now, half a century later, a new departure? © NASA
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"A small step for a human being, a great leap for humanity" - when US astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon 50 years ago, he wrote history. Because for the first time a human being entered a foreign celestial body - and this at a time when space travel was only in its infancy.

But it succeeded: After the first lunar orbit by Apollo 8 and a "dress rehearsal" of the moon landing by Apollo 10, it was time: On July 20, 1969 set the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission with their lander "Eagle" on the lunar surface - the first moon landing was successful. To this day, the Apollo missions mark a unique era in manned space travel. For since then, no human being has ever penetrated so far into space again. With the end of the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972, human spaceflight was limited to Earth orbit.

Today, a turnaround is in the offing: in the meantime, interest in the earth's satellite is growing again in space travel. The USA wants to land astronauts on the moon in 2024. But also China, the Europeans and several private space companies want to go back to the moon. Even a permanent moon station could become a reality in the not-too-distant future. For manned space travel, this is an exciting time.

NASA Live Streams for Moon Landing:
At 20:00 on July 20, NASA-TV will broadcast a replica of the original broadcast of the Moon Landing on July 20, 1969. At 2:00 am, a replay of the first steps on the Moon will follow.

Special NASA with photos, videos and the original sound recordings of the Apollo 11 mission display

Apollo 11 in real time : The mission history with all pictures, sound recordings and data to relive

Tranquility Base interactive : Follow in the footsteps of the Apollo 11 astronauts during their stay on the moon

Panoramas of the Apollo missions - re-published by NASA

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- Nadja Podbregar