Apollo 11 50th Reunion

Apollo 11 Celebration

Apollo 11 Celebration

Apollo 11 crew

Apollo 11 crew

Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969, carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin into an initial Earth-orbit of 114 by 116 miles. An estimated 530 million people watched Armstrong’s televised image and heard his voice describe the event as he took “…one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” on July 20, 1969.

Detailed Objectives and Experiments included:

  • Collect a contingency lunar sample.
  • Egress from the LM to the lunar surface; perform lunar surface EVA operations, and ingress into the LM from the lunar surface.
  • Perform lunar surface operations with the EMU.
  • Obtain data on effects of DPS and RCS plume impingement on the LM and obtain data on the performance of the LM landing gear and descent engine skirt after touchdown.
  • Obtain data on the lunar surface characteristics from the effects of the LM landing.
  • Collect lunar bulk samples.
  • Determine the position of the LM on the lunar surface.
  • Obtain data on the effects of illumination and contrast conditions on crew visual perception.
  • Demonstrate procedures and hardware used to prevent back contamination of the earth’s biosphere.
  • Deploy the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) and conduct experiments.
  • Obtain television coverage during the lunar stay period.
  • Obtain photographic coverage during the lunar stay period.
  • Return safely to Earth.

All primary objectives achieved.

 


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