Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. I’m sure by now, the majority of the people living on this planet know that. Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969. It carried with it three men into an Earth-orbit of 114 by 116 miles. Roughly 530 million people watched the televised image. It was during this time that the famous line “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” was first heard.

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The Apollo 11 mission only had one objective: to perform a crewed lunar landing and then return to Earth – a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy at that time. The additional flight objectives included scientific exploration by the lunar module crew and deployment of a television camera to transmit signals to Earth. They were also asked to deploy a solar wind composition experiment. Three astronauts gained acclaim for all these, namely, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Buzz Aldrin.

 

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Neil Armstrong served as the commander of the crew. Meanwhile, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin were the command module pilot and lunar module pilot, respectively. Only Armstrong and Aldrin were able to land on the moon. Collins, on the other hand, flew the command module Columbia by himself in the lunar orbit. Both Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Collins on the Columbia.

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Overall, the mission lasted for 8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes, and 35 seconds. Upon arriving on Earth, all three men must be quarantined for three weeks. After all, this was standard procedure. Despite only two men making it to the moon’s surface, the whole mission was also thanks to almost 400,000 engineers, technicians, and scientists put together. The Apollo 11 mission was a success. They were even able to pluck out plenty of resources that dated 3.2 billion years back.

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