Remembering the Apollo 11 moon landings 50 years on

James Marshall
July 16, 2019

Full sound, projection screens and a 40-foot-wide recreation of the famous Kennedy Space Center countdown clock will be part of the presentation. And now through August 16 at Purdue will be the Apollo in the Archives exhibit-selections from the Neil Armstrong papers that explore the astronaut's legacy and his historic work. This British documentary, titled The Saturn V Story, was released in 2014 and allows the audience to learn about the main aspects surrounding the most powerful rocket ever flown, the Saturn V.

In fact, the Apollo 8 mission was effectively commissioned by the Central Intelligence Agency for propaganda purposes (more on that later), and today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11.

A moment of relief and euphoria at the Launch Control Center after the successful liftoff. While it has been hard in recent years to muster the political or financial support for space travel, we are on the cusp of a new era of American spaceflight that stands to extend our reach back into the cosmic deep.

Buzz Aldrin's bootprint on the moon. But in the original plan, it was Buzz Aldrin who was supposed to step on the moon first.

17 July 1969The crew are hurtling towards the Moon.

Armstrong takes this photo of Aldrin, but the reflection in his visor captures both of them as they stand on the Moon.

There's just one minor problem with that: the footprints were left by the astronauts' "lunar overshoes" which were left behind (along with a host of other equipment) on the lunar surface. I hope to inspire people to follow exactly what their little heart is telling them to do, no matter how hard it may seem or feel to be.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the USA flag on the moon's surface. When they spoke to President Nixon after planting the U.S. flag on that monumental morning, Armstrong described the event as "representing not only the United States, but men of peace of all nations, and with interest and curiosity, and men with a vision for the future".

Neil Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins became household names after their historical moon landing.

"The Eagle has landed", Armstrong said in his message to earth at 3:18 p.m. Sunday to report the lunar module had landed safely on the moon". The panorama was assembled by Mike Constantine. Altogether, Armstrong and Aldrin spent more than 21 hours on the moon's surface at the landing site they named Tranquility Base before taking off from the surface to reconnect with Columbia in its lunar orbit.

June 11, 1948: A rhesus macaque named Albert was the first of many primates the US sent into space to test the biological impacts of space travel. Therefore, Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins made a decision to take advantage of their fame to make some extra money.

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