It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since the first Moon landing and this week people from all over the world are celebrating the anniversary of “a giant leap for mankind.”

More than 400,000 people worked behind the scenes at NASA to make it happen, culminating a decade of space exploration, full of success, heartbreak, and disaster. In one of the most turbulent times in American history with a Cold War backdrop, three Americans became overnight heroes around the world.

“We choose to go to the Moon”

President Kennedy’s words, given at Rice Stadium in Texas in 1962 sounded like fantasy then, but seven years later, they became a reality. Unfortunately for Kennedy, he wouldn’t live to see it, as a year after he made the inspirational speech, he’d be killed by an assassin’s bullet.