Australian Specialty Coins
2019 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing 2 Coin PNC
Regular price $55.00
Fifty years ago, at 12.56 p.m. on 21 July 1969 (AEST), an estimated 600 million people worldwide watched American astronaut Neil Armstrong become the first person in history to step onto the suface of the Moon.
As he alighted from lunar module Eagle, Armstrong uttered the now immortal words, "That's one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind".
Armstrong was accompanied in the Eagle by pilot Edwin "Buzz"' Aldrin, who joined him on the Moon's surface some 20 minutes later, while Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia in lunar orbit.
Australia played a crucial role in telecasting the historic event to television sets all over the world. The actual moments of Armstrong stepping onto the lunar surface were carried via the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station (ACT).
After the first nine minutes the Parkes radio telescope (NSW) transmitted the rest of the broadcast. The NASA tracking stations at Camarvon (WA) and Tidbinbilla (ACT) also supported the mission.
Limited mintage of only 7,500