Apollo 11's Giant Leap for Mankind

40 years ago, the lunar module landed on the moon, providing an unforgettable moment for the millions watching back on Earth

Although the lander may appear "flimsy and gangly," says NASM curator Allan Needell, the craft represents "a very pure design built for a very specific mission." (Mark Avino / NASM, SI)
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Owen Edwards is a freelance writer and author of the book Elegant Solutions.

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Owen Edwards

Owen Edwards is a freelance writer who previously wrote the "Object at Hand" column in Smithsonian magazine.

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