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Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission Blasts Off - 1969

Monday, July 16, 2007

On this day, July 16th, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned lunar landing mission. It carried Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin.

On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon, while Collins orbited above.

The mission fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's goal of "landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth by the time this decade is out," in other words by the end of the 1960s. Many consider the landing one of the defining moments of the 20th century.


One Giant Leap For Mankind





APOLLO 11: THE UNTOLD STORY aka FIRST ON THE MOON: THE UNTOLD STORY is a one hour special produced by Discovery Science Channel.

When Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon in July 1969, Apollo 11 was hailed as the supreme triumph of American technology. But behind the flag waving lies a different story: the untold account of how close the mission came to disaster. Now, nearly forty years later, men on that mission reveal what really happened on the first voyage to the moon. It's a tale of how primitive computer technology, coupled with human errors and mechanical failures, nearly caused the tragic loss of the crew.

Apollo 11 The Untold Story

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