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Apollo 11: The US Wins the Space Race

Apollo 11 Launch

Following the Apollo 1 disaster, the Apollo Command Module was redesigned and all the problems that had caused the fire were fixed.  Apollo 1’s mission, to fly the first piloted Apollo spacecraft in Earth orbit, launched on 11 October 1968 as Apollo 7. Commanded by Walter Schirra, the mission was a success and paved the way for the lunar missions. Apollo 8, launched on 21 December 1968, carried the first humans from low-Earth orbit into orbit around the Moon, and returned.

 

 

 

Moon Landing

The Apollo 11 spacecraft powered by a Saturn V rocket was launched on July 16, 1969. Three days later it reached the Moon. On July 20, Neil Armstrong with 500 million people watching on TV became the first human to walk on the moon in the Sea of Tranquility. When Armstrong stepped outside the lunar module, the Eagle, he spoke the famous words, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

The other crew members who accompanied Armstrong were Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. who also walked on the Moon and Michael Collins who remained in lunar orbit. The next day, they left a flag and a plaque which read: HERE MEN FROM THE PLANET EARTH  FIRST SET FOOT UPON THE MOON JULY 1969 A.D. and returned to the Command Module with lunar back rocks and soil.  Apollo 11 splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean on July 24,  1969. America had met Kennedy’s challenge and won the race to the Moon within the decade.

Tomorrow, Apollo 13: Disaster Averted     Rita Bay

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The Anniversary of the Moon Landing

 Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on Earth’s Moon on July 20, 1969. The mission, carried out by the United States, is considered a major accomplishment in the history of exploration.  Launched from Florida on July 16, the third lunar mission of NASA’s Apollo program, was crewed by Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquility on July 21 became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Their landing craft, Eagle, spent 21 hours and 31 minutes on the lunar surface while Collins orbited above in the command ship, Columbia. The three astronauts returned to Earth with 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar rocks and landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24.

Apollo 11 Launch

     Apollo 11 fulfilled U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s goal of reaching the Moon before the Soviet Union by the end of the 1960s, which he had expressed during a 1961 mission statement before the United States Congress: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”  Five additional Apollo missions landed on the Moon from 1969 to 1972.

Tomorrow, Washington’s Commander-in-Chief’s Flag     Rita Bay

 

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