Anniversary of Apollo 11 launch

by Anonymous on Jul. 16th, 2009

Apollo 11 launch
Apollo 11 launchCourtesy NASA
Today's the 40th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Apollo 11 mission to the moon. On July 16, 1969 at 13:32 UTC (9:32 a.m. local time), a Saturn V rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral on mankind's first mission to walk on the lunar surface. Thousands of spectators watched the launch in Florida. It took 12 minutes for the rocket to place the three Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Arldrin, and Michael Collins into orbit around the Earth, after which they would head across more than 225,000 miles of empty space to the Moon.

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