It's been 48 years since we landed on the moon

Apollo 11 anniversary

KUSA - Forty eight years ago, astronauts landed on the moon, and Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon’s surface.

The event drew millions of people to their televisions around the world. It took four days for astronauts to get to the moon, and four days for them to get back.

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It was an amazing feat of science and technology.

Samantha Sands, an educator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, says the moon landing was just the start of technological advancements that we’ve seen over the last 48 years.

“There was less technology what landed them on the moon than what’s on your cell phone today," Sands said. "So it’s pretty amazing that a computer smaller than your cell phone put people on the moon for the first time. It inspired generations of scientists and astronomers and engineers to go explore.”

The next looming goal is sending someone to Mars.

Educators at the Museum of Nature and Science say kids who are in elementary school now could be the first people on Mars -- the Neil Armstrong of Mars. 

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