of July 16, 2001
20 & 21, 1969
11 Mission: July 16 - 24, 1969
20 is the 32nd Anniversary of the first humans to walk on the moon.
the facts and trivia regarding this historic event.
Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." This was
Astronaut Neil Armstrong's radio message to the Mission Control
Center (in Houston) announcing the Lunar Module (Eagle) successfully
landed on the moon (at Tranquility Base in the Sea of Tranquility)
on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin separated from
the Command Module, descended in the Eagle, and landed on
the lunar surface at 4:18 p.m. EDT. See
photos of the Apollo 11 Mission.
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. and the Lunar Module Eagle
at Tranquility Base, July 20-21, 1969.
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the first words Astronaut Neil Armstrong said when he took his first
step on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969? Read
more about Apollo 11 Mission.
Photos: Astronaut Neil
A. Armstrong (left) and his
footprint at Tranquility Base.
is the tallest waterfall in Yosemite
Falls. Yosemite Falls is made up of Upper
Fall (1,430 feet), Middle Cascades (675 feet), and Lower Fall (320
feet). Altogether, it is 2,425 feet tall. This makes it the tallest
waterfall in North America, and the 5th tallest in the world. The
tallest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela (3,212
feet tall). Did you know Upper
Yosemite Fall is about the same height as the Sears Tower in Chicago,
Illinois? And the entire Yosemite Falls is about the same height
as the Sears Tower plus the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
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you know it took 4 days for Apollo 11 to reach the moon?
Yes, Apollo 11 was launched
on July 16, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on a
Saturn V rocket. Four days later, on July 20, the Lunar Module,
Eagle, landed in the Sea of Tranquility on the lunar surface.
Apollo 11 returned safely to Earth on July 24 when it splashed down
in the Pacific Ocean. Did you know
the entire mission lasted 8 days, 3 hours, and 18 minutes? Read
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photograph of Earthrise over the Moon's horizon taken from Apollo
8 during Christmas 1968.
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Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins are my heroes for successfully
completing the Apollo
11 mission. The accomplishments of Armstrong
and Aldrin are well known -- they were the first two people to walk
on the moon. Collins, too, was a big part of the mission's success
because he stayed in the Command Module and orbited the moon during
the lunar landing. Without Collins there would be no Command Module
pilot; without a Command Module pilot there would be no Command
Module; and, of course, without a Command Module there would be
no spacecraft for Armstrong and Aldrin to dock with after leaving
the moon. The success of Apollo 11 is a result of the team work
of all three of the Astronauts, and I think they did a great job.
One day, I would like the U.S. to return to the moon, and I would
like to be the Astronaut that goes.
the Apollo 11 Press Conference held August 12, 1969,
a book about Astronauts.
Crew of Apollo 11 -- from left to right
is Commander Neil A. Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins,
and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr.
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What is the difference between the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions?
President John F. Kennedy stated on May 25, 1961, "I believe 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
Earth," NASA responded with Projects Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo.
Mercury was the United States' first
man-in-space program, and it had been underway since 1958. The spacecraft
was designed for one person. On May 5, 1961, Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
became the first American in space aboard Freedom 7; it was a suborbital
flight lasting 15 minutes, 28 seconds. Project
Gemini, announced in January, 1962,
was the second U.S. manned space program. It was designed for a
two-man crew and named after the constellation Gemini (composed
of twin stars). Gemini consisted of 12 flights, including 10 manned
flights. In June, 1965, aboard Gemini 4, Ed White performed the
first American "space walk," lasting 22 minutes. And finally Project
Apollo consisted of 11 manned flights,
including Apollo 11 which in July, 1969, landed a man on the Moon
and returned him safely to Earth, just as President Kennedy had
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., the second human to walk on
the moon, July 20-21, 1969.
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