Memories of watching Apollo 11: 'You could hear a pin drop'

     First steps on the moon

    First steps on the moon

    When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon in 1969, the world was watching.

    Live TV coverage made hundreds of millions witnesses to history. They huddled in front of televisions at home and gathered in auditoriums and schoolrooms as the Apollo 11 astronauts ventured onto another world for the first time.

    Even now, 50 years later, that day is still deeply etched in memories of many. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum , NASA and others have gathered their stories for this week's golden anniversary.

    Here are five of the Smithsonian's submissions. They have been edited for length.

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