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July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap For Mankind

July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap For Mankind

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Apollo 11

Apollo 11

  • On the morning of July 16, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sat atop another Saturn V at Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. 
  • At 9:32 a.m. EDT, the engines fired, and Apollo 11 cleared the tower. Twelve minutes later, the crew was in Earth orbit, and after one and a half orbits, Apollo 11 got the "go" to head for the moon. 
  • Three days later, the crew was in lunar orbit, and a day later, Armstrong and Aldrin climbed into the lunar module Eagle and began the descent, while Collins orbited in the command module Columbia.


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The landing

The landing

When the lunar module landed at 4:17 p.m EDT, only 30 seconds of fuel remained. Armstrong radios, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." 

Armstrong later confirmed that landing was his biggest concern as there were a thousand things to worry about.

They explored the surface for two and a half hours, collecting samples and taking photographs. They left the American flag behind, a patch honouring the fallen Apollo1 crew, and a plaque on one of Eagle's legs that read, "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."


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