Jul 16, 2009

APOLLO 11 launch 40th Anniversary

On this day 40 years ago, Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins, and Buzz Aldrin set off from the launch pad in Cape Canaveral Florida on a two day trip to the Moon.

These three men, two former Navy test pilots and one Air Force combat pilot, would orbit the Earth one and a half times before igniting their propulsion rockets, sending them on a course to intercept the Moon. On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on a celestial body other than Earth. For two days, Mike Collins circled the Moon, alone, losing radio contact with Earth and the astronauts on the Moon every time he passed "behind" the Moon for 27 minutes at a time.
Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong touched down on the Lunar surface inside the Lunar Module, code-named Eagle. Below is a photograph of Buzz Aldrin and the Lunar Lander, taken by Neil Armstrong.

It is hard to believe that it has been 40 years since humanity first touched another celestial body. -FUPPETS- hopes we go back and beyond, for it is in exploration that humanity achieves it's greatest successes.

Here, for your pleasure, is NASA footage of the Apollo 11 launch. Enjoy and think about what a momentous occasion it was. It was the greatest moment in human history.

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