one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

A phrase typically said in reference to a breakthrough or advancement of some kind. Astronaut Neil Armstrong famously said the phrase in 1969 when he became the first person to set foot on the moon. I think the self-driving car will be one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. When we find a cure for this illness, it will be one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
See also: giant, leap, mankind, one, small, step
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Armstrong stepped down from the ladder of an Apollo moon lander and onto the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, with the words: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
As he put his left foot down first Armstrong declared: That''s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
IT was one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind - and today one space fan could be over the moon.
when the Americans' first moonwalk occurred and the world heard Neil Armstrong say as he stepped onto the moon's surface: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
Armstrong, touching one foot to the Moon's surface, announced, ``That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.