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Apollo 11: Preparing to Win the Moon Race

12 Aug 2019, 13:31 UTC
Apollo 11: Preparing to Win the Moon Race
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The Apollo 11 mission of July 1969 is without a doubt the earliest historical event that I can clearly recall and appreciate. At the age of seven, I remember watching the launch on Wednesday morning of July 16 as well as the television coverage of the lunar landing the following Sunday. Most memorable of all, my parents let me stay up well past my normal bedtime that night to watch live coverage of the first moonwalk. While I fell asleep not too long after Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon at 10:56 PM EDT, the event capped what was just the first of many summer vacations with memorable space-related events (see “Growing Up in the Space Age: Summer Vacations of the ‘70s”).
A television image of Neil Armstrong coming down the ladder of the LM, Eagle, for the first Moonwalk on July 20, 1969. (NASA)
Like a lot of kids of my age at the time, I had followed the buildup in the months preceding the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing with much excitement. The flight of Apollo 7 in October 1968 tested the Command-Service Module (CSM) in low Earth orbit with a crew onboard for the first ...

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