Historic moon launch 38 years ago

by Anonymous on Jul. 16th, 2007

The start of Apollo 11's historic adventure: Images courtesy NASA via Wikimedia Commons.
The start of Apollo 11's historic adventure: Images courtesy NASA via Wikimedia Commons.
On this date (July 16) 38 years ago, a Saturn V rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida beginning the most extraordinary and historic adventure in human history: the first manned mission to land on the moon.

The Apollo 11 crew included commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and command module pilot Michael Collins. The rocket reached Earth orbit in twelve minutes and made one and a half orbits. Not long after, the command service module and lunar module were docked together and sent on a trajectory toward the moon. The trip across the 225,000 miles of space would take slightly more than 3 days.

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