Today marks 50 years since the first ever landing on the Moon. In 1957 the The space race to the moon started. The Soviet Union sent the first artificial satellite into orbit around the Earth. But the US won the battle to set foot on the lunar landscape. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did it 12 years later.

This was watched on television by about half a billion people around the word. Their lunar module, named “Eagle,” touched down at 4.18pm ET on 20 July 1969. A little over six hours later, at 2.56am, GMT.  Armstrong placed his left foot on the lunar surface, declaring: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

NASA has been in overdrive for several weeks to mark the anniversary. They have exhibits and events nationwide. And the biggest of them are at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida and the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. US Vice President Mike Pence is expected deliver a speech from the Kennedy Space Center. This is where Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins, the third crew member took off from.