Monday, 21st July 1969
Singapore radio listeners was able to hear Radio Malaysia's English service relay of BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) live broadcast of mans first landing on the moon from 1:39pm to 1:58pm (Singapore Time). Apollo 11 Lunar Module "Eagle" landed on the Moon surface at 3:49 am (Singapore Time). At 1:48pm (Singapore Time), the mission commander stepped out of the craft to walk on the surface of the moon. As Neil Armstrong climb out of his Lunar Module, he said in his scripted line "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." When on the moon surface he went on, "Yes, the surface is fine and powdery. I can kick it up loosely with my toe."
Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, cabled congratulations to U.S. Government on their successful moon-landing. In his message to President Nixon "Congratulations on this tremendous achievement in the landing two men on the moon. We admire the qualities of courage, discipline and teamwork which accomplished this technological feat."