Saturday, July 16, 2011

July 16, 1969 - Apollo 11 the Launch

July 16, 1969, 9:32AM EST

Wednesday July 16, 1969 was a bright, clear, nearly perfect Summer day in Florida, and thousands of people were gathered around the Cape Canaveral area to watch history unfold, to take part in what was our next evolutionary step. We were leaving Earth behind and taking the first step into the Universe, we were going to the Moon.

38 year old Neil Armstrong a veteran of the Gemini program was selected for Mission Commander.

Neil Armstrong - Mission Commander

The man picked to pilot the lunar module and to join Armstrong on the lunar surface was another Gemini veteran, 39 year old Buzz Aldrin

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin - Lunar Module Pilot (Eagle)

Yet another Gemini veteran, 39, Michael Collins was the Command Module pilot and the man whose unenviable job would be to stay behind and wait. 

Michael Collins - Command Module Pilot (Columbia)

The eyes of the world were on these three men that warm Summer day, as they left the Earth behind and showed all of us what it is that we are capable of as a species.

Watch and remember a time when our dreams had no limits, our future no boundaries.

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