12/21/08

Apollo XI ... Forty years ago


Forty years ago Vincent and myself made the incredible "Astronaut Club" .
We were mad about the Apollo mission to the moon and we were collected every single pictures or articles we were finding in our parents magazine.
It was 40 years ago and today i'm still so crazy when i read what happened this year in July 1969. It was 2 days after my birthday and 2 days before Vincent birthday... and here is the story for those who dont remember.


The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. It was the fifth human spaceflight of Project Apollo and the third human voyage to the Moon. It was also the second all-veteran crew in manned spaceflight history. Launched on July 16, 1969, it carried Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon, while Collins orbited above.



The mission fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s, which he expressed during a speech given before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961:

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

Crew:

* Neil Alden Armstrong - Commander
* Michael Collins - Command Module Pilot
* Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. - Lunar Module Pilot