AdminCadet: To all the Space Cadets out there, here is a fabulous compilation of video and images from Apollo 11, the first mission to take humans to touch the Moon. Our astronauts first stepped onto the Moon on July 20, 1969, 45 years ago today. The compilation was put together by Spacecraft Films, one year ago.
I hope one day our NASA human space program will reach out to touch the Moon once again, and, if all goes well, stay to build a permanent or semi-permanent infrastructure.
Further information on the Apollo 11 mission: Apollo 11 was launched July 16, 1969, at 9:32 AM local time, from Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida, with the following crew: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Lunar Module “Eagle” in the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969, with Michael Collins remaining in the Command/Service Module “Columbia” in orbit around the Moon. The astronauts stayed on the lunar surface for approximately 21-1/2 hours with their moonwalk lasting approximately 2-1/2 hours. They departed the Moon in the ascent stage of the Lunar Module with nearly 50 pounds of lunar material, leaving the descent stage of the LM behind. Also left behind, attached to the ladder on the descent stage, was a stainless steel plaque that read: “Here Men From Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon The Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came In Peace For All Mankind”. After re-docking the Lunar Module with the Command / Service Module, the Lunar Module was released, and the three astronauts returned to Earth in the Command / Service Module, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969 in the Command Module (cabin/capsule), the Service Module (propulsion, electrical generation, and environmental control segment) cast off and allowed to burn up in the atmosphere.
Video Credit: Spacecraft Films – 2013.