[WATCH] Historic Footage from the Day of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Launch

Fifty years ago today, Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket, carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first humans to step foot on the Moon. Apollo 11 launched at 13:32 UTC on July 16, 1969. Armstrong set foot on the Moon on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC.

Armstrong put an American flag on the Moon.

Last week, Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 flight director Gene Kranz praised the Trump administration's handling of NASA, saying that "it's great to again have the inspiration that we're getting moving again in space." Trump has pledged to return Americans to the Moon by 2024. In 2010, former President Barack Obama canceled NASA's plan to return to the moon by 2020, as established under former President George W. Bush.

This historic news coverage includes an anti-smoking ad and a Miss Universe 1969 commercial at the 1 hour, 19-minute mark.

Watch the footage here.

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