Apollo 11 Launch: 50 Years Ago Today

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Apollo 11 Launch Day: The Day the Giant Leap Began

Fifty years ago today launch controllers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida scrambled around preparing for what they knew was going to be a historic moment. Aides and controllers checked lists, then they checked them again. Technicians monitored computer screens and printouts with less processing power than the phone at my side. They scrambled, and they double triple-checked everything because they had three men’s lives on the line. Their mission was to send four men to the surface of the moon for the first time ever. Then, at 9:32 am, they commenced with the Apollo 11 launch.

The thrusters of the Saturn V rocket ignited and propelled Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins into space and toward our nearest extraterrestrial neighbor.  About two and a half hours in, the boosters were gone. The astronauts were lunar-bound.

It would be four days before Neil Armstrong would place his boot on the lunar surface. Four days until he radioed in the phrase that will enshrine him in history forever, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  That giant leap started on the launchpad in Florida fifty years ago.  We thought we’d celebrate by showing y’all some photos from that beautiful day.

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Looking for More on the Apollo missions?

Check out the CNN Documentary Film on July 20th when it comes out. If you’re in Florida, you can visit the Kennedy Space Center events that are happening over the next week or two. Space museums abound, as well, and it’s a good bet that there’s an Apollo exhibit not too far from you. Also, there’s this article that might interest you

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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