Neil Armstrong is the First Man to Walk on the Moon Part 4 Eyewitness Report

An eyewitness report of the history of the first man to walk on the moon, biography of Neil Armstrong, account of the United States and NASA in the space race.

MAN FIRST WALKS ON THE MOON

WHEN: 1969

EYEWITNESS REPORT: Once they landed on the moon, Armstrong and Aldrin gazed out at the satellite on which they would soon walk and then they radioed earth a description of what they saw: "[There is a] level plain cratered with a fairly large number of craters of the 5-to-50 variety. And some ridges, small, 20' to 30' high, I would guess. And literally thousands of little one- and 2' craters around the area. We see angular blocks out several hundred feet in front of us that are probably 2' in size and have angular edges. There is a hill in view just about on the ground track ahead of us. Difficult to estimate, but might be half a mile or a mile....

"I'd say the color of the local surface is very comparable to that we observed from orbit at this sun angle--about 10 deg. sun angle or that nature. It's pretty much without color. It's gray and it's very white as you look into the zero phase line. And it's considerably darker gray, more like an ashen gray, as you look out 90 deg. to the sun. Some of the surface rocks in close here that have been fractured or disturbed by the rocket engine plume are coated with this light gray on the outside. But where they've been broken, they display a dark, very dark, gray interior and it looks like it could be country basalt."

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