Apollo 11 Moon Walk Day
"The Eagle has landed. That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." ~ Neil Armstrong, July 21st, 1969
Although Commander Armstrong referred to his first step on the moon as “small,” it was actually a leap of 3.5 feet. The landing plan was to cut the Eagle’s engines when it hovered a few feet above the surface. NASA engineers had built the Eagle with legs that would fold upon impact and act as shock absorbers. The Commander was such a stellar pilot that the Eagle landed softly, and the legs didn’t compress. Consequently, the astronauts had to exit the Eagle from a height several feet above what was intended. The first small step was really a hop of 3.5 feet from the Eagle’s ladder to the lunar surface! 🌔🌔🌔👨🚀👨🚀👨🚀
Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC.
This tartan was designed "to celebrate the NASA Apollo 11 spaceflight and the first moon landing by the Apollo Lunar Module ‘Eagle’ on the 20th July 1969. It also celebrates the first humans to walk on the moon, Commander Neil Armstrong and Module Pilot Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin on the 21st July 1969. ‘Columbia’ Command Module Pilot Michael Collins flew in lunar orbit for over 21 hours until the return of his fellow astronauts when they then safely returned to Earth on the 24th July 1969. 50 years on and NASA still reaches for the stars with an ever increasing inclusion and diversity of astronauts, command and support staff."
The crew of Apollo 11 were all experienced astronauts who had been to space before.
Cmdr. Neil Armstrong had piloted Gemini 8; that mission was the first time two vehicles docked in space. Born Aug. 5, 1930, in Ohio, Armstrong was 38 when he became the first civilian to command two American space missions.
Col. Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, 39, was the first astronaut with a doctorate to fly in space. Born Jan. 20, 1930, in New Jersey, Aldrin piloted Gemini 12 in November 1966, and performed a 140-minute walk in space to demonstrate that an astronaut could work efficiently outside the vehicle. For Apollo 11, he served as the lunar module pilot.
The command module pilot, Lt. Col. Michael Collins, 38, was born in Italy on Oct. 31, 1930. Collins piloted Gemini 10 in July 1966, and spent almost 1.5 hours outside the craft on a spacewalk.
For a wonderful site featuring history, impact, and other interactives about Apollo 11, including never seen before coverage, click the photo of Neil Armstrong on the moon!