Armstrong spoke those now famous words "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind" as he took the step onto the lunar surface.
In those days, this was unusual to have television transmission in the mornings, as breakfast TV wasn't due to start broadcasting for nearly 15 years, and the sole three channels didn't start until later on in the day, around lunchtime.
Set in the late 2200s (about 300 years in the future), Star Trek gave us the vision of a Utopian future, where class and race divides had gone, where we had a 'world president' (who presides from San Francisco) and where knowledge and not money were the driving forces and motivation for mankind.
All this though is a diversion from reality, a brainwashing distraction, as mankind races towards the antipodes of Utopia, towards the dystopian times described other works of fiction, such as in Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" or in George Orwell's "1984".
A world where surveillance and restriction of people's freedom is so efficiently performed by the state, where the political 'double speak' is so blatant, where corruption and self gain is the driving force for business and government, and where hope has vanished into oblivion.
Well nearly, as there is some hope for us.
Starting on Sunday, June 7th 2009, when Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons were democratically elected to The European Parliament, The British National Party thrust itself, with the help of one million registered voters, into mainstream politics. For the first time since its formation in 1982, the BNP had gained representation at a national level.
This is the prelude to greater things for the British people, possibly a handful of BNP MPs at the next general election?
Soon, very soon.
Nick Griffin's victory speech, his now famous Dam-busters analogy, in view of that impending 40th anniversary, could equally have drawn references to Neil Armstrong's words.
"One small step for (two) men, One giant leap for British-kind"