On 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon.
These programmes and clips tell the story of the Apollo Moon missions, how they got off the ground and why the missions came to an abrupt end.
Through decades of radio and TV broadcasts, meet some of the men who made that incredible journey and the reporters who brought their stories into people's homes.
Explore the legacy of the space race and take a look ahead to the future, when mankind might make that giant leap once again.
Moon dreaming, early 1960s
For many years, the US and the then Soviet Union were in a race to conquer space, and walking on the Moon was the ultimate dream.
The US was determined to get a manned mission there first and in 1962 President John F Kennedy made a now-famous speech announcing: "We choose to go to the Moon."
On 20 July - nearly 110 hours after leaving Earth, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step on to the surface of the Moon. He was followed 20 minutes later by Buzz Aldrin.
Armstrong's words, beamed to the world by TV, entered history: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
The Apollo 11 mission was a huge moment in US and world history, which continues to capture the imaginations of new generations.
James May on the Moon
In 2009, James May commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Moon landings by meeting three of the 12 men who have walked on the lunar surface.