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By BBC World Service

All times stated are UK

  1. Space sandwich

    We'll leave you with this picture of Buzz Aldrin preparing a sandwich on Eagle after spending more than 2.5 hours on the lunar surface.

    After seven hours of rest aboard Eagle, Houston asked Armstrong and Aldrin to prepare for the return flight to rejoin Michael Collins aboard Columbia in lunar orbit.

    The three astronauts would return to Earth triumphant.

    Buzz Aldrin
    Image caption: BLT, Rog

    Find out more about Apollo 11 and relive the highs and lows of the mission with the 13 Minutes to the Moon podcast.

  2. How the world celebrated Apollo 11's 50th anniversary

    Events have been held in the US and further afield to commemorate the anniversary of the Moon landing.

    The Washington Monument, lit up with projected archive footage
    Image caption: A 17-minute show was projected on the Washington Monument using archive footage
    A maze cut into a shape of an astronaut
    Image caption: Wistow Maze in Leicestershire has been designed to depict an astronaut
    A giant Moon on a building's rooftop
    Image caption: A giant Moon by artist SPY is on display in Madrid, Spain

    Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins have appeared at numerous events in the run up to the anniversary.

    On Saturday, they were joined by Neil Armstrong's son, Rick Armstrong, to meet US President Donald Trump at the Oval Office.

    A chocolate recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing
    Image caption: The Moon land depicted in chocolate by Cadbury in Birmingham
    A detailed replica of the Lunar Rover Vehicle bring driven in a parade
    Image caption: A parade in Cocoa Beach, Florida, featured this replica of the Lunar Rover Vehicle, used in later Apollo missions
  3. 13 Minutes to the Moon - the podcast

    If you've enjoyed the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, why not download the 13 Minutes to the Moon podcast?

    Artwork for 13 Minutes to the Moon podcast

    Presenter Kevin Fong takes you through the full story of Apollo 11. And he speaks with some of the people who were there, including Michael Collins, Gerry Griffin, Poppy Northcutt and Charlie Duke.

  4. The future of space travel

    Fifty years after Apollo 11's successful mission, the US has plans to send humans to Mars.

    Meanwhile China is planning to build a large space station in Low Earth orbit, Russia recently launched a super telescope to map the sky, and India is aiming for a soft-landing at the Moon’s south pole – although their recent mission was aborted an hour before launch.

    Man on the moon
    Image caption: Fifty years after the historic moon landing, is the world entering a new space race?

    US Vice-President Mike Pence has said he wants Nasa to return astronauts to the Moon within five years.

    The first race paved the way for the advancements of military and commercial aviation technology, improvements in health and medical research, and an increase in our understanding of the Earth and its climate.

    As we enter this new cosmic era, what new discoveries and innovations will we make?

    Listen to The Real Story: The future of space exploration

  5. 'Is that real?'

    Mug showing the front page of the Wapakoneta Daily News with a front page story about the Moon landing
    Image caption: Irene Mikola has a mug with a newspaper front page featuring Neil Armstrong
  6. The scientific legacy of Apollo

    Subsequent Apollo missions would put more astronauts on the Moon; in total 12 people would step out onto the surface between July 1969 and December 1972.

    But the developments in science and engineering that came as a result of the programme, would affect the lives of billions around the world.

    Charles 'Pete' Conrad Jr, Apollo 12 commander, climbs down on to the lunar surface
    Image caption: Charles 'Pete' Conrad Jr, Apollo 12 commander, climbs down on to the lunar surface

    The early devices that helped Armstrong and Aldrin on their journey would pave the way for the computer revolution, developing technology that is still used in electronic equipment, according to Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology.

    The software Nasa used also lead to the development of systems we now use in credit card swipe devices.

    Other technology developments include improved kidney dialysis, modernised athletic shoes, improved home insulation, advanced commercial and residential water filtration, and the freeze-drying technique for preserving foods.

    ISS passes in front of the Sun
    Image caption: A series of images combined with a computer program shows the International Space Station flying in front of the Sun

    Later space programmes would herald a dawn of international collaboration.

    During the Apollo-Soyuz test project, American and Soviet spacecraft docked together.

    Eventually, the US and Russia, along with 13 other nations, partnered to build and operate the International Space Station, a world-class science laboratory orbiting 400 kilometres (250 miles) above Earth, making a complete orbit every 90 minutes.

  7. 'It was so cold, but we were so excited'

  8. '... One giant leap for mankind'

    An estimated 650 million people worldwide watched the Moon landing and many more listened to the radio.

    For those following the broadcasts and newspaper reports, or watching grainy footage on a black and white television, it’s remained one of their strongest memories.

    Pope Paul VI watches the Moon landing on television
    Image caption: Pope Paul VI watching the Moon landing from his summer villa
    A group of children sit on a truck
    Image caption: A group of children sit on a GMC truck in Central Park, New York, to watch the Moon landing

    Walter Cronkite anchored 27 hours of Apollo 11 coverage on CBS in the US.

    Known through his news presenting as "the most trusted man in America", his marathon presenting stint garnered him the nickname "old iron pants".

    Crowds gather around a television set
    Image caption: Crowds gather around a television set at Mascot Airport in Sydney, Australia
    People in a park watching TV
    Image caption: The Apollo 11 mission is shown on a TV in a park in Hong Kong
    Family watching TV footage of Armstrong's first step on the Moon
    Image caption: A family in Paris, France, watches Neil Armstrong takes his first step on the Moon
  9. 'We're breathing again'

    Quote Message: Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot. from Charlie Duke Apollo 11 Capsule Communicator
    Charlie DukeApollo 11 Capsule Communicator

    With Charlie Duke's words, the world hears confirmation of the first Moon landing.

  10. 'Roger, Twan...'

    Is Charlie Duke tongue-tied? The capsule communicator says "Roger, Twan... " in his reply to Armstrong.

    He's nervous and it's possible he's never heard the name "Tranquility Base" before.

    "I was so excited," Duke tells the 13 Minutes to the Moon podcast.

    "If you listen to the transcript...'Roger, Twan' and I corrected myself."

    At this point cheers begin to break out in the viewing room at mission control. But before Duke and team can truly smile about what they have achieved they need to go through a series of stay/no-stay checks in case the lunar module is damaged.

    Twan
    Image caption: Charlie Duke's momentary fluff - he says "Twan" for Tranquility Base
  11. Tranquility Base

    Quote Message: Houston. Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.

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    Video caption: Neil Armstrong delivers the momentous news to mission control
  12. Contact!

    "Contact light!”

    With 18 seconds to spare, Buzz Aldrin says the lunar module’s probes have made contact with the Moon's surface.

    They switch off the engine, allowing Eagle to drop to the ground.

  13. Go/no Go for landing

    "Go/no Go for landing..."

    Flight Director Gene Kranz checks for the last time that his flight controllers are happy to proceed to the final stage.

    This is it, the final moments...

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    Video caption: Final landing checks take place at mission control
  14. The Sea of Tranquility

    At this moment, Armstrong and Aldrin can see their landing area on the Sea of Tranquility for the first time...

    The Sea of Tranquility
  15. Into the final phase

    "Give us an estimated switch-over time please, Houston."

    Buzz Aldrin wants to know when Eagle’s computer will switch to programme P64, which will guide them through the final phase of the landing.

  16. The 1202 alarm

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    Video caption: 1202 is a signal of a computer overload

    An alarm sounds in the crew's headphones and the digits 1202 flash on their display.

    In Houston, Steve Bales is frantically looking for a log he has prepared of every possible alarm that may be set off.

    "Roger. We're Go on that alarm."

    These are the words that the astronauts want to hear from mission control; 1202 is a signal of a computer overload, but not serious enough to abandon the landing.

  17. Glimpsing Earth

    "Got the Earth right out our front window," says Buzz Aldrin in the lunar module.

    But he can only enjoy the view for a moment…

    Earth from space
    Image caption: An image of Earth taken by the Apollo 11 crew during the wider mission