Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Yesterday was the Anniversary of the giant leap step of mankind, Apollo 11, which landed successfully on the Moon: July 20th 1969.

 

Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon when Apollo 11 became the first spaceflight to land humans on the Moon. Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21; and Aldrin joined him next. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected lunar material to carry back to Earth. Michael Collins, the 3rd astronaut, piloted theCommand Module Columbia in lunar orbit. Armstrong and Aldrin spent just under a day on the lunar surface and again caught up with Columbia in lunar orbit.

I would like to share with all some thoughts on this beautiful journey of Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

This was a dream, seen with open eyes. As Dr. Kalam quoted,

“Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep.’

The space race:

United States was losing the Space Race with the Soviet Union, which had successfully launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, almost four years earlier. This fact was highlighted when in April 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.

On September 12, 1962, President John F Kennedy delivered his speech before a crowd of 35,000 people in the Rice football stadium pushing towards moon and space exploration. The most memorable and quoted portion of the speech was:

 “We choose to go to the Moon! …We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organise and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win….!”

Apollo 11 Moon Landing

President Kennedy delivering Speech in Rice stadium, Houston, Texas

He saw this dream with open eyes, and it was not easy, but they did what is called ENDLESS EFFORT AND UNPARALLELED WORK. NASA, The NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION, started working for the dream, now it was not the dream of a President but the duty, the dedication of each and every person working for the dream.

 

Apollo 11 Moon Landing

NASA Kennedy Space Center Cape Canaveral Florida

Highlights of the Apollo 11 mission:

Apollo 11 Portrait

Apollo 11 Portrait

Launch: Apollo 11: July 16, 1969, Saturn V Rocket

 

Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Launch of Apollo 11 Saturn V Rocket

Mission Objectives:

  • The primary objective of Apollo 11 Moon Landing was to complete a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961: perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth.

Additional flight objectives included

  • Scientific exploration by the lunar module crew
  • Deployment of a television camera to transmit signals to Earth
  • Deployment of a solar wind composition experiment, seismic experiment package and a Laser Ranging Retro reflector.
  • To gather samples of lunar-surface materials for return to Earth.
  • To extensively photograph the lunar terrain, the scientific equipment, the LM spacecraft, and each other, both with still and motion picture cameras
Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Apollo 11 Crew: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin (Left to Right)

109 hours, 42 minutes after Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Armstrong stepped onto the moon making him the first man on the moon. About 20 minutes later, Aldrin followed him.

An estimated 530 million people watched Armstrong’s televised image and heard his voice describe the event as he took “…one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” on July 20, 1969.

 

Apollo 11 Moon Landing

NeilArmstrong on Moon

 

Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Celebrations of Successful Landing

I would like to share the lines of Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell:

“From now on we live in a world where man has walked on Moon, it wasn’t a miracle, we just decided to Go”

 

Written By

Hardeep Singh Manhas
SPACE Educator

 

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