Apollo 11 Flight Plan

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Apollo 11, 1969


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Man Walks on Moon, Fails to Return to Earth

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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.

A week before the launch of Apollo 11, astronaut Frank Borman approached William Safire, Pres. Nixon's speech-writer, about the possibility that Aldrin and Armstrong might not return to earth after walking on the moon. Safire prepared a speech for Pres. Nixon to give to the nation after contacting the wives and families of the astronauts.

The speech began, "Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace," and ended, "For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind."


Fortunately, the speech was not needed. If you want to read the speech in its entirety, read Almost History by Roger Bruns, page 20.

  • Moon
  • Jul 1969

Contributor: dbreckenridge
Created: August 20, 2007 · Modified: February 22, 2012

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