"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind…"
The iconographical weight this phrase still holds can’t be denied - even in 2019!
It all dates back to astronaut Neil Armstrong’s famous first words as he set foot on the Moon on July 20th, 1969.
If you were alive at that time, you will probably remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when this momentous event took place. And indeed, since the beginning of time, humanity had looked up and wondered what that giant white orb in the night sky was really like.
The Moon itself is thought to have formed around 4.51 billion years ago - not long after Earth - and the average distance from the Moon to the Earth is 384,403 kilometres (that’s 238,857 miles).
The business of getting to the Moon remained the subject of speculation for thousands of years. You only have to look at stories like From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne to see that how fascinating the topic was to some people.
Cue a ‘Space Race’ eventually kicking off between the Soviet Union (USSR) and the USA from the 1950s onwards.
The USSR began by launching their Sputnik I satellite (the first ever satellite launched into space) and sending cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into orbit in 1961. The Moon was actually first reached in September 1959 by the Soviet Union's Luna 2, but it was a completely unmanned spacecraft.
America followed suit in the Space Race with John Glenn’s orbiting of the Earth in 1962, but everything culminated in Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969.
Setting off from Florida to the Moon took the Apollo 11 crew around three days, and whilst Aldrin and Armstrong explored the body of the Moon on foot, often-forgotten crew member Michael Collins was operating the Eagle command module around the Moon’s white, astronomical body.
Often forgotten is fellow crew member Michael Collins, who flew the Apollo's command module around the Moon while Armstrong and Aldrin got to explore the body.
The Armstrong/Aldrin landing ended the Space Race and ushered in a new age for space exploration.
Pobjoy Mint is delighted to have released a stunning range of coins to mark the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Moon landing event. Choose between a Fine Silver 10z Piedfort ultra-high relief and domed coin, a titanium coin, a Sterling Silver coin and an uncirculated cupro nickel coin with its own unique presentation pack.