HOUSTON -- On July 16, 1969, the nation watched as U.S. astronauts blasted off into space on a mission to land on the surface of the moon.

It's something you don't forget, said Monya Guinyard.

A lot of anticipation behind it, said Bob Wittkower.

Four days and a quarter of a million miles later, a nation's dream became reality. Man made it to the moon. The moment so beautiful, so surreal, veteran news anchors were left without words.

Yet today, I'm still speechless, said Lonnie Clay.

Forty-five years later outside Space Center Houston, Houstonians that witnessed the feat then are still in awe.

I remember being glued to the TV, said Wittkower. Just being able to see the events was larger than life.

To get from the earth to the moon that's a huge thing, said Guinyard. You appreciate everyone who sacrificed to get us there.

Houston, Space City, of course played a pivotal role in getting us there. And that makes this anniversary that much more special.

In a way all, all of Houston are unsung heroes that made that happen, said Wittkower. Every Houstonian can be proud of what happened then.

The moment has been watched by million since that day in 1969, touching people across the globe who now nearly half a century later fondly remember the famous words uttered on the moon - one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

Words that translate in any language that continue to push today's generation to know nothing is out of reach.

It s a challenge to the kids, said Wittkower. You always try to do better. Now they ve got the task to do something even greater than that.

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