(WGN-AM)- On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after landing their lunar module. As he set foot on the lunar surface, Armstrong spoke his famous line, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Aldrin, who followed, described the scene as "magnificent desolation."
40 years later, visitors in Chicago reminisce about what their thoughts were the day man stepped on the moon and also shared their hopes for NASA's future endeavours. People who were present when the mission was accomplished generally felt that NASA should continue with space exploration and that not enough has happened since man landed on the moon. Others, particularly younger interviewees, felt that there are more important issues that should be addressed before space missions.
Still, one thing is for certain- that people of all ages find the fact that a man walked on the moon to be amazing. A quick look at the display of a piece of the moon in a window on the front of Tribune tower and the people constantly gathering around it shows that Americans are still proud of what Armstrong and Aldrin accomplished 40 years ago.
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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