VIDEO: Rare NASA footage commemorates historic Apollo 11 moon mission

Yesterday marked the 45th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing, one of the most monumental, inspiring achievements in human history.  When the Eagle landed at the Sea of Tranquility and Cmdr. Neil Armstrong pushed off the lunar module's ladder and touched the powdery surface of the moon at 10:56 EST on July 20, 1969, millions of hearts and minds around the globe were united in wonder.  Minutes later, Buzz Aldrin joined Armstrong and, together, they took a stroll around the "magnificent desolation" of our solitary satellite, collected rock samples and planted a special American flag to forever flutter in the airless environment. Overhead, cozy inside the Columbia command module, pilot Michael Collins circled, ever watchful of his friends below, the loneliest man in the universe.  

Here's a touching moon mission montage video by Chris O'Coin to celebrate the awesome occasion.

(Via Smithsonian)

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