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A Historic Phone Call

On July 19, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first humans to walk on Earth's moon. President Nixon made what has been termed the longest-distance telephone call ever, when he called to congratulate them.

On July 20, 1969, President Nixon spoke with crew members Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin via telephone-radio transmission.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

President Nixon in the Oval Office speaking on the telephone to the Apollo XI astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin while they were on the Moon, July 20, 1969.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Identifier: WHPO-1602-01.

While in the Oval Office on July 20, 1969, President Nixon used this green telephone to talk to the Apollo XI astronauts as they walked on the Moon.

National Archives Identifier: 6922346, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Identifier: 1979-12.

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