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It seems almost impossible to believe it, but it was 45 years ago today that Apollo 11 landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong took the first human steps on its surface. It remains the landmark achievement of mankind in the 20th century, and will forever stand as one of its greatest achievements ever.

Close to a decade in the making, the Apollo 11 mission launched just after 9:30am on July 16, 1969, reaching the moon three days later. On July 20, the world watched as Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon with the immortal words, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Little do people realize that another popular idiom was spawned earlier that day when the landing module dubbed “The Eagle” set foot on the surface of the moon with a little more than 20 seconds worth of oxygen to spare, and Armstrong assured Houston that everything was okay by saying, “The Eagle has landed.”

You’re going to hear lots of reverential things and think pieces all over the news and internet today–but there has to be a lighter side to an amazing event like that, right? Yes there is–and here’s Eddie Izzard, Jerry Seinfeld, Patton Oswalt, and more comics explaining the punchline to this momentous event…

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