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.
In 1969, a Plantronics headset carried the historic first words from the moon: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,'' Armstrong beamed back as the whole world watched and listened in raptured awe.
Armstrong, touching one foot to the Moon's surface, announced, ``That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.