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The first manned Human landing took place in 1969 by Apollo 11, a NASA mission initiated by the Earth nation-state of the United States of America. The first man to walk on the Moon was Neil Armstrong, who said "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Shannon O'Donnell remembered watching it on television when she was eleven years old, and still had dreams about it inspiring her career with NASA in 2000.
In the late 21st century the Lunar colonies were founded. People who live in those colonies, even by the 24th century, still refer to Luna as "the Moon", though outsiders are often surprised by this.
In 2063, Luna's gravitational field obscured the USS Enterprise-E's warp signature and the Vulcan starship, the T'Plana-Hath did not detect it in Earth orbit while making First Contact with Humans.
In 2155, John Frederick Paxton used the hijacked verteron array on Mars to fire on Luna, as a demonstration of the array's power.
Amongst the moon's most striking features are the maria, vast dark and flat plains formed by basaltic upwelling or lava flows. In one such mare, Mare Tranquillitatis, or the "Sea of Tranquility", lies the site of the first Human landing on the Moon, Tranquility Base. Lake Armstrong is a large artificial body of water located on Luna near the city of New Chicago. The lake is large enough to be seen on Earth on a clear day.