50 years ago to the second: Lunar landing, first step on moon took place Saturday in PDT
EUGENE, Ore. - “That’s one small step for a man one giant leap for mankind.”
Do you want to mark the exact moment that Neil Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the lunar landing and uttered those historic words?
Let's synchronize our watches.
The events are organized by Greenwich Mean Time and date, so we'll have to do a little math to figure out when these events took place relative to the local time in Western Oregon.
It helps to know that Pacific Daylight Time is 7 hours behind GMT.
So the lunar landing itself occurred at 20:17:39 GMT on July 20, 1969.
That's 1:17:39 p.m. PDT Saturday in the a.m./p.m. representation of time more familiar to most of us than a 24-hour clock.
Armstrong exited the module and set foot on the moon at 02:56:15 GMT on July 21, 1969.
Adjusted for PDT, that's 7:56:15 p.m. Saturday night.