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43rd Anniversary of Apollo 11

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Posted at 6:20 PM, Jul 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-20 18:20:55-04

(WTVR) -- "The Eagle has landed!" Those were the words Neil Armstrong uttered 43 years ago when the Lunar Module successfully touched down on the moon.

This is the unforgettable video of the Apollo 11 mission that was the pinnacle of the space race. The rocket ship traveled 240,000 miles from Earth to the Moon in just three days.

Once the module had landed on the moon, Armstong stepped out of the craft saying, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

On this date in 1969, around 600 million people watched the event unfold on television.