Apollo 11 "...One giant leap for manknd"

Apollo 11 was the first successful manned mission to the moon. Three Americans arrived at our moon on July 20th 1969. Their names were Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

Neil Armstrong was the first to physically stand on the moon. Followed by Buzz Aldrin.

Michael Collins piloted the "Columbia" alone in lunar orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin carried out the mission.

The two spent around two and a half hours on the moon collecting nearly 50 lbs of lunar material to bring back to Earth.

On July 16th, Apollo 11 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Merrit Island, Florida. This was NASA's fifth manned mission of the Apollo program.

The Apollo Spacecraft had three parts...

The command module consisted of the three cabins for the three astronauts.

The Service module was the only piece that fell back to earth. It's job was to support the command module with propulsion, electrical power, water, and oxygen.

Finally, the Lunar Module. This had two parts, one to land on the moon, and one to launch them back into lunar orbit from the moon.

After being launched by Saturn V from the Kennedy Space Center, the astronauts separated from the rocket and drifted for three days until they finally reached the moon's orbit. They landed in "the Sea of Tranquility" on our moon.

The Astronauts stayed on the moon's surface for a total of 21.5 hours.

With the upper part of the lunar module, Armstrong and Aldrin blasted off of the moons surface to rejoin Collins in the command module. They duscarded unwanted material from the module before propelling themselves from the moons orbit back on trajectory to Earth.

This event was broadcasted on live television, and changed the world forever. It also ended the space race between the USA and Russia.

This is where the famous quote from Armstrong was said. "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

John F. Kennedy stated that, before the end of the decade, man would set foot on the moon. This goal was fulfilled by these brave astronauts.

Many people have been inspired by this incredible event. A personal favorite of mine is Adam Young's Apollo 11 score. His first of 11 scores. One every month for the year if 2016.

The album consists of 12 tracks that capture the emotion of the astronauts themselves and everyone else on earth during this historical event.

*All images from Adobe Spark Page Search Feature (Album Cover from http://www.ayoungscores.com/scores/apollo-11/ )

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