For all you space enthusiasts out there. This week I want to reflect on the amazing achievement by man.
Saturday July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
It was on 16th July 1969, the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were launched into space.
The Apollo 11 mission took off in the rocket Saturn V from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The spacecraft had three sections which performed different roles throughout the mission.
The main part, the command module, was used throughout the mission by the crew and was required for their return to earth.
The service module provided power, oxygen, water and electrics; for the command module.
The luna module, Eagle was used for landing the men on the moon and the take off from the moon to join the command module in lunar orbit.
Only two men Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, at the Sea of Tranquility. It was Neil who said
“Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
Michael Collins stayed in the command module Columbia to keep it flying until he was joined by Neil and Buzz to return to earth. He kept vital communication links going and took photos of the moon, during this time.
The first man to take the first steps on the moon was Neil Armstrong.
As he stepped onto the moon he said the famous words
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Neil was accompanied by Buzz Aldrin and together they put up the American flag, collected moon rock, carried out experiments and left a plaque on one of Eagle’s legs with the words,
“Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”
After their moon walk they rejoined the lunar module and ascended into space to join Michael in the command module for their return to earth. All three of them joined the lunar orbit to enable them to return to earth. They arrived back in the Pacific Ocean on July 24th.
The space mission had taken 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds.
It got me thinking back to my visit to the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, some time ago.
It was an exciting place to visit for a space enthusiast.
I remember as we drove out there, it was very remote; the road seemed to get less and less busy as we approached.
During our bus tour of the centre we saw the launch pad. We were able to view the huge Vehicle Assembly Building where the Saturn V rocket 🚀was constructed.
Our guide explained the incredible size of the building, being one of the largest in the world by area.
My most vivid memory was standing next to the Saturn V rocket 🚀and having a photo taken in the Florida sunshine.
I also remember being encouraged to stand by a large lake with alligators 🐊 in it for a picture! Happy memories!
It seems hard to believe now; I visited the place that Apollo 11/Saturn V rocket launched from, that took men to the moon. An amazing day looking back.
Do you have any memories of that day? Or thoughts about if you were not around then, like me?