1969 was an eventful year that put an end to an era

14 July 2019 - 00:00

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the event that astronaut Neil Armstrong declared "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" when he and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the surface of the moon.

If 1968 had been a year of the dashed hopes of revolutionary hippies and youth around the world, 1969 was not only the end of the decade but also the end of an era in many ways. Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins (the poor astronaut who had the job of piloting the command module but did not get to walk on the moon) had achieved the seemingly impossible goal that former president JF Kennedy had set in his famous speech in 1962...

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