WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - 40 years ago on July 20th, one man changed the world as we knowit with one small step for man, one giant leap for man kind.
Millions of people around the world watched in awe as Armstrongbecame the first man to set foot on the moon. Now, 40 years later,some of those people who remember July 20th, 1969, talk about whatit was like watching history be made.
"I was in graduate school. And we had some friends over and ourdaughter and we all sat around the big black & white TV andwatched everything," said Purdue Aeronautics professor JohnSullivan.
"We watched it on the news. We always - I think - watched thenews every single night and the whole family was gathered aroundwatched the landing," said Deborah Miles.
Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon left lasting impressions onthose who witnessed it on TV.
"It was fantastic. Airplanes and spacecrafts were something thatI loved when I was a little kid as far back as I can remember,"said Sullivan.
Sullivan has met Armstrong on several occasions. While hisexperience of watching the moon landing is embedded in his brain,Armstrong's personality is what sticks out.
"He's a very gracious man. Easy to talk to. Very nice," He said."Very funny actually, he tells a lot of jokes."
William Landis graduated one year after Armstrong at Purdue andhas a connection with the landing.
"I worked for 'Rocket Dine' which made the rocket engines whichmade Neil Armstrong's moon landing possible," said Landis.
Landis holds vivid memories of the landing he watched on his TVall those years ago.
"The soil surface of the moon. how powdery it was. I don't knowwhat I expected, whether I expected a hard surface like mountains,"said Landis.
Whether people were alive to see the moon landing or not there'sstill one phrase that people still talk about;
'One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.'
Purdue University is showcasing some of Armstrong's mementos,artifacts and personal papers at the education library in theStewart Center.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. It runs from 9 A.M.to 4:30 P.M on weekdays.
You can view a mosaic of the Apollo landing site at http://www.google.com/moon/
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