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Message to the moon: Celebrating 50 years of Apollo 11

Fifty years ago today, more than 650 million people witnessed one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind. It was July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong spoke those now legendary words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he took his first steps on the moon, while people all over the world stood transfixed by their radios and television sets. Among the cargo that made the journey was a small silicone disc, slightly larger than a quarter, with the words “From Planet Earth” etched at the top. On this small unassuming disk were 73 messages of goodwill, recorded by world leaders from every corner of the globe.