Apollo 11 Astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon 40 years ago

epa01797778 A NASA handout photo dated 20 July 1969 showing Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin standing by the US flag planted on the surface of the moon. On 20 July 2009 the world marks forty years since the first human set foot on the moon. In 1961, US President John F. Kennedy had a challenge for NASA — to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. The first Apollo missions were spent getting ready for the moon landing. Apollo 8 and Apollo 10 even flew all the way to the moon, around it, and back to Earth. Apollo 11 traveled to the moon and arrived in lunar orbit on 19 July 1969. EPA/NASA/HO EDITORIAL USE ONLY