NASA’s Apollo 11 crew returned to Earth from the Moon 50 years ago. It was the spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the Moon. Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Centre on Merritt Island, Florida, on July 16 at 13:32 UTC, and was the fifth crewed mission of NASA's Apollo program.
Neil Armstrong had always admired the Wright brothers. NASA boss revealed a secret ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings. Inside Commander Neil Armstrong “personal preference kit” on board Apollo 11 – Armstrong had two pieces of wood. These had come from the propeller of the history-making Wright Brothers aircraft, who invented, built and flew the world’s first successful plane. US Air Force Museum gave its possession to Armstrong.
In May 2019, the piece of the propeller was sold for $175,000 (£140,000) at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, US.
Armstrong's first step onto the lunar surface was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience. He described the event as "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by US President John F. Kennedy: "before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."