Wednesday, July 16, 2014

45 Years Ago Today!

The five F-1 engines on the mammoth Saturn V rocket ignite...sending Apollo 11 on its way to the Moon on July 16, 1969.

Launch of Apollo 11 (Press Release)

On July 16, 1969, the huge, 363-feet tall Saturn V rocket launches on the Apollo 11 mission from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, at 9:32 a.m. EDT. Onboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. Apollo 11 was the United States' first lunar landing mission. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the Lunar Module Eagle to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon, astronaut Collins remained with the Command and Service Modules Columbia in lunar orbit.

Source: NASA.Gov


The Saturn V rocket's second stage motor ignites as the first stage falls away at an altitude of about 38 miles...55 miles downrange from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969.

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