WACO, Texas (KWTX) Fifty years ago today, astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission, inspiring many across the country.
One of them being 19-year-old Mark Adams who witnessed the event in his hometown of Chicago.
"We were the ones that did it first and it was really something to be proud of," says Adams.
The now Waco resident was driven to become a pilot after watching the achievement on his television.
"It inspired me, I started to learn to fly out in Denver and finished up in Nashville," he says.
Adams' most prized possession however is a newspaper he received from Armstrong's hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio.
"My mother had a connection to someone who worked with the paper," he says.
The paper is from July 20th, 1969, the day after the moon landing took place.
Adams says it's a memory he will never forget.
"We made Kennedy’s goal. He said we would be on the moon by the end of the century, and we were."