“Lunar” Is an Amazing Short Film of the Apollo Moon Landing Using the Astronauts' Own Photos (VIDEO)

No one will ever forget the immortal words of Neil Armstrong who, with a half billion people watching on TV, set foot on the lunar surface at 11:56pm on July 20, 1969: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

That event transfixed the world, and had its genesis eight years earlier when President Kennedy promised to send American astronauts to the moon. The Apollo project was born with the goal of building a vehicle that could escape Earth’s gravity, land a man on the moon, and bring the crew safely home.

The stunning short film below made by motion designer Christian Stangl and his composer brother Wolfgang Stangl documents the epic journey by using thousands of the astronaut’s own photos. The Stangl brothers spent 18 months creating “Lunar”—this animated collage bringing the still photos to life.

After watching this amazing film be sure to look at an earlier video we shared, taking you on a virtual trip to Pluto aboard NASA’s New Horizon’s Spacecraft.