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Apollo 11 Moon Landing

(1961—1972)

The Apollo 11 mission objective was simple: “Perform a manned lunar landing and return.” However, this mission was anything but simple, for it took years of preparation, dozens of tests, and even a few failures before Neil Armstrong took those first momentous steps on the moon. This event culminated years of effort in the “space race” against the Soviet Union and granted the United States an undisputed victory. For Americans, beating the Soviets to the moon honored the words of President Kennedy's challenge to get to the moon by the end of the decade, granted a victory for capitalism over communism, and proved U.S. superiority in the fields of science and technology. The media and the world looked on in amazement as the first humans set foot on another planet. In the end, it did not matter what nationality the astronauts were, because as Neil Armstrong said it was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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Buzz Aldrin and Apollo 11 LM Interior
Buzz Aldrin and Apollo 11 LM Interior
This interior view of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module shows Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot, during the lunar landing mission. This picture was taken by Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, prior to the moon landing
Apollo 11 Liftoff Spectators
Apollo 11 Liftoff Spectators
Here are some of the thousands of persons who camped out on beaches and roads adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center to watch the Apollo 11 Liftoff.
Neil Armstrong On The Moon
Neil Armstrong On The Moon
Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo ll mission commander, at the modular equipment storage assembly (MESA) of the Lunar Module "Eagle" on the historic first extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface.
Aldrin Next to Solar Wind Experiment
Aldrin Next to Solar Wind Experiment
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., Lunar Module pilot, is photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. In the right background is the Lunar Module "Eagle." On left is the Solar Wind Composition (SWC) experiment.
Apollo 11 over Sea of Fertility
Apollo 11 over Sea of Fertility
The Apollo 11 Command and Service Modules (CSM) are photographed from the Lunar Module (LM) in lunar orbit during the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. The lunar surface below is in the north central Sea of Fertility.
Saturn The Giant
Saturn The Giant
Saturn V stood over 36 stories tall. It had a cluster of five first stage engines fueled by liquid oxygen and kerosene which together were capable of producing 7.5 million pounds.
Interior view of Apollo 11 Lunar Module showing displays and controls
Interior view of Apollo 11 Lunar Module showing displays and controls
An interior view of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module showing some of the displays and controls. Mounted in the Lunar Module window is a 16mm data acquisition camera which has a variable frame speed of 1, 6, 12 and 24 frames per second.
Apollo 11 bootprint
Apollo 11 bootprint
One of the first steps taken on the Moon, this is an image of Buzz Aldrin's bootprint from the Apollo 11 mission. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Aldrin Looks Back at Tranquility Base
Aldrin Looks Back at Tranquility Base
Astronaut Edwin E."Buzz" Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module pilot, is photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the Moon. He has just deployed the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP).
Apollo 11: Catching Some Sun
Apollo 11: Catching Some Sun
Bright sunlight glints and long dark shadows dramatize this image of the lunar surface taken by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong.
Apollo 11 Mission Insignia
Apollo 11 Mission Insignia
The Apollo 11 Mission Insignia features a bald eagle.
Apollo 11 Crew Photo
Apollo 11 Crew Photo
Left to right: Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin "Buzz" E. Aldrin, Jr.
Apollo 11 Flight Plan
Apollo 11 Flight Plan
The flight plan for Apollo 11 was a minute-by-minute time line of activities for the mission crew--Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin--and Mission Control in Houston. The flight was launched July 16, 1969. Apollo 11 Flight Plan; Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Record Group 255; National Archives and Records Administration.
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon
This is a photo of Buzz Aldrin on the moon, taken by Neil Armstrong (reflection of Neil Armstrong can be seen in the helmet of Buzz Aldrin).
Neil Armstrong on the Lunar Module Ladder
Neil Armstrong on the Lunar Module Ladder
A slow-scan television camera was mounted on one of the legs of the lunar module and was able to give live feed of Neil Armstrong coming down the ladder and stepping onto the surface of the moon.

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The Moon Landing's Local Impact

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When astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, they influenced not only the science and technology communities, but also regular people who saw this as a great achievement, even a miracle. By examining reports in small town newspapers, you can see how much this event meant to the general public, and how it affected the world. People were amazed and proud that mankind could achieve the great feat of traveling to outer space and walking on the moon.

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Crew of Apollo 11:
Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin: Lunar Module Pilot 1
Michael Collins: Command Module Pilot 1
Neil Armstrong: Commander 1
Date:
From: 16 Jul 1969 1
To: 24 Jul 1969 1
Event:
Also known as: Moon Landing 1
Name: Apollo 11 Mission 1
Moon Landing:
Date of Landing: 20 Jul 1969 2
Duration on the Moon: 2 hours, 31 minutes 2
Eagle landed on the moon: 102 hours, 45 minutes, and 40 seconds after launch 2
First Step: 20 Jul 1969 2
LM Departed Moon: 21 Jul 1969 2
Location: 0.67 N, 23.47 E 2
Lunar Surface Traversed: 250 meters 2
Moon Landing Site: Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility) 2
Moon Rocks Collected: 21.7 kilograms 2
Time: 1:54 pm EDT 2
Time: 20:17:40 UT, 4:17 pm EDT 2
Time: 10:56 pm EDT 2
Time on Lunar Surface: 21 hours, 38 minutes, 21 seconds 2
Apollo 1 tragically ends when crew is killed:
27 Jan 1967 3
Apollo 10, dress rehearsal for the moon landing:
May 18-26, 1969 3
Apollo 11 spacecraft launched from Cape Kennedy:
16 Jul 1969 3
Apollo 12 moon landing:
November 14-24, 1969 3
Apollo 13 fails to land on the moon:
April 11-17, 1970 3
Apollo 14 moon landing:
31 Jan 1971 3
Apollo 15 moon landing:
26 Jul 1971 3
Apollo 16 moon landing:
16 Apr 1972 3
Apollo 17 moon landing, last Apollo mission:
07 Dec 1972 3
Apollo 7 orbits the Earth:
October 11-12, 1968 3
Apollo 8 is first manned lunar orbit:
December 21-27, 1968 3
Apollo 9 is first manned flight of lunar module:
March 3-13, 1969 3
President Kennedy announces goal to get to moon:
25 May 1961 3
Command and Service Module:
Columbia 1
Lunar Module:
Eagle 1
Return Home:
Mission Duration: 195 hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds 2
Retrieval Ship: USS Hornet 2
Retrieval Site: Pacific Ocean 2
Returned to Earth: 24 Jul 1969 2
Time: 12:50 pm EDT 2
Velocity upon re-entry: 36,194 feet per second 2
The Launch:
Date: 16 Jul 1969 1
Place: Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A 1
Time: 13:32:00 UT, 9:32 am EDT 1

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