Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Eagle Has Landed

40 years ago, the Apollo 11 astronauts were on their way to the first ever landing of a manned spacecraft on the moon.
Launched on July 16, 1969, it carried Mission Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon, while Collins orbited above.
Quote and Apollo 11 mission insignia via Wikipedia

You can relive the historic landing by listening to the radio transmissions of the Apollo 11 astronauts here at There is a good timeline here so you can know when the good stuff is being played back.

Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface
via NASA

For additional Apollo 11 features at NASA, click here. I have to admit that when watching the video on that page, when Neil Armstrong states, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." I still get a chill up my spine. Awesome stuff.

1 comment:

Steve A said...

Thanks. I was in my parent's house, watching it on the TV in the basement. I was out of 9th grade but not yet in high school. Pine wood paneling in the room and it was sunny in Seattle that day.