American Minute with Bill Federer J "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," stated Neil Armstrong, JULY 20, 1969, as he became the first man to walk on the moon. He, along with Colonel Aldrin, had landed their lunar module, the "Eagle," and spent a total of 21 hours and 37 minutes on the moon's surface, before redocking with the command ship "Columbia."
Addressing a joint session of Congress, September 16, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong stated: "To those of you who have advocated looking high we owe our sincere gratitude, for you have granted us the opportunity to see some of the grandest views of the Creator." Years later, April 21, 1972, Astronauts Charles Duke and John Young explored the rugged highlands of the moon's Descartes region during the Apollo 16 mission.
On June 22, 1996, in Lila Cockrell Theatre, San Antonio, Texas, during a Prayer Rally at the State Republican Convention, Astronaut Charles Duke stated: "I used to say I could live ten thousand years and never have an experience as thrilling as walking on the moon. But the excitement and satisfaction of that walk doesn't begin to compare with my walk with Jesus, a walk that lasts forever."