Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Apollo 11: Michael Collins returns to launch site on 50th anniversary

Apollo 11: Michael Collins returns to launch site on 50th anniversary

Currently, the mission's only surviving members are Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as their commander and the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, passed away in 2012. His tape has reportedly been viewed only three times since 1976.

Software developer Ben Feist created the rebroadcast over two years. He remembers the white-knuckle descent to the moon's dusty surface in the four-legged lunar module Eagle, as Armstrong took manual control of the landing craft to pilot it to a safe touchdown, just seconds from running out of fuel. A timeline at the top of the page keeps track of your place in the mission and highlights interesting moments.

NASA photo taken on July 16, 1969 shows the huge, 363-foot tall Apollo 11 Spacecraft 107/Lunar Module S/Saturn 506) space vehicle launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39.

"On the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, it is only fitting to recognize humankind's achievements in space by preserving the lunar sites American astronauts first walked upon during the Apollo missions", saidChairwoman Johnson.

July 16, 1969: This image captures the launch of Apollo 11 on the first manned space mission to land on the Moon.

Speaking on the broadcast, Collins said he and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin felt like "the nervous novice driving a wide vehicle down a narrow alley" as the rocket lifted off.

An estimated 650 million people worldwide watched the Moon landing. Once the rocket cleared the launch tower, however, Collins, Armstrong and Aldrin really felt the force of the Saturn V rocket.

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Separately, celebrations were held in Huntsville, Alabama, the birthplace of the Saturn V. The giant rocket was developed by von Braun, who came to the United States at the end of World War II with his team of ex-Nazi engineers and scientists.

"The second stage was something we anxious about through the design". "I sometimes think the three of us missed 'the big event.' While we were out there on the moon, the world was growing closer together, right here", he said. "It was our friend that day".

Safire's lunar disaster plan- which the speechwriter sent to Nixon's chief of staff H.R. Haldeman on July 18, 1969, and shared with the news media 30 years later - included instructions on how the president should first call the astronauts' widows before delivering a public address to the nation explaining how "fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace".

"Well I love the word Artemis, the twin of Apollo".

Cabana assured Collins, "We believe the faster we get to the moon, the faster we get to Mars as we develop those systems that we need to make that happen".

The PITMS instrument will provide an early opportunity to study the dynamic behaviour of water on the Moon today, as well as proving some of the detection technology that will be used by the OU on subsequent missions.

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