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On July 20, 1969, American astronauts Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first individuals in history to ever land of the moon. Serving as two of the three member crew of the Apollo 11 spaceflight alongside Michael Collins, who only stayed in orbit around the moon, both Aldrin and Armstrong landed the lunar module, Eagle, on the moons surface. Armstrong holds the distinction of being the first on the moon, uttering the now famous phrase upon walking outside of the capsule "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Twenty minutes later, Aldrin joined him on the surface and both proceeded to spend around two hours walking on the surface. Broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience, the event became a monumental part of the twentieth century. The mission was a complete success and completed President John F. Kennedy's ambition and goal to land a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.