NASA plans to send the first woman and the next man to the lunar surface by 2024, nearly 55 years after Astronaut Neil Armstrong took "one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind" when he walked on the moon in 1969.
On this day, half a century ago, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins took off aboard a Saturn V rocket from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, headed for the moon.
Tom Jennings' documentary "APOLLO: Missions to the Moon" features never-before-seen video footage, audio and home interviews of all the behind-the-scenes work that eventually took the first crew to the moon.
Armstrong made his "historic leap for mankind" when he walked on the moon on July 20, 1969. But three years earlier, he'd performed another, salvaging a mission that could have derailed the space program.