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Forty Years Ago Today

Apollo 11

Apollo 11


Neil A. Armstrong

Pilot: Columbia Command Module

Michael Collins, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF

Pilot: Eagle Lunar Module

Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., Colonel, USAF

Launched: 16 July 1969 UT 13:32:00 (08:32:00 CDT)

Landed on Moon: 20 July 1969 UT 20:17:40 (15:17:40 CDT)

Landing Site: Mare Tranquillitatis – Sea of Tranquility (0.67 N, 23.47 E)

Returned to Earth: 24 July 1969 UT 16:50:35 (11:50:35 CDT)


1 Badtux { 07.16.09 at 12:59 am }

The sad thing is that by the end of next year when the Shuttle is retired, we won’t even be able to make it to orbit without hitching a ride with the Russians, much less make it to the Moon :-(.

– Badtux the “How the mighty have fallen” Penguin
.-= ´s last blog ..Yet more right-wing stupidity =-.

2 jams O'Donnell { 07.16.09 at 9:13 am }

Ah now this was the first major even I remember clearly. Neil Armstrong was my childhood hero!
.-= ´s last blog ..16 July 1969 =-.

3 Bryan { 07.16.09 at 1:12 pm }

I felt bad for Michael Collins. It’s like driving across the country to the Pacific, and then having to stay in the van while your friends surf.

Badtux, this is what happens when you put people in charge who have no vision or curiosity – the enterprise stagnates.