One Small Step for Man/Apollo 11

On July 20, 1969, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the first human beings on the surface of the moon—returning to Earth on July 24! Right before Buzz Aldrin and Commander Neil Armstrong took their now famous, “one small step for man,” Buzz Aldrin chose to commemorate the moment by taking communion. Before stepping down the ladder onto the moon’s surface, Aldrin signaled Houston for a few moments of silence for each person listening to “give thanks in his own individual way.” Before taking communion, Aldrin silently read a passage from the Bible that he’d written on a piece of paper—John 15:15: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit, for you can do nothing without me.”

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