Sunday, July 20, 2014

Apollo 11 Moon Landing 45th Anniversary: Complete Coverage

"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." That sentence, uttered by NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong from the surface of the moon 45 years ago, signaled the dawn of a new age. Watch Live Tonight: Moon Webcasts Celebrate Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

This month marks the 45th anniversary of the epic Apollo 11 flight that landed the first humans on the moon and safely returned them to Earth. Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from Florida on July 16, 1969. Armstrong and Aldrin ventured out onto the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. The two men spent 21.5 hours on the moon before taking off from the lunar surface to meet up with Collins in the command module and fly back to Earth. [NASA's 17 Apollo Moon Missions in Pictures]
NASA astronauts returned to the surface of the moon on multiple missions, however, no human has touched down on the natural satellite's surface since 1972.'s complete coverage of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing appears below:
Exclusive: Buzz Aldrin Remembers Moon's 'Magnificent Desolation'
Exclusive: Buzz Aldrin Remembers Moments Before the Moon
Apollo 11 Retrospective: 'One We Intend To Win'
Apollo 11 45th Anniversary - NASA Administrator Remembers
Space Station Salutes Apollo 11 45th Anniversary 
Infographics and Multimedia:
Apollo Quiz: Test Your Moon Landing Memory
NASA's Historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Pictures
How the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Worked: Infographic
Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Moonwalker, in Photos
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Sunday, July 20
'One Giant Leap': As Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45, NASA Aims for Mars
Forty-five years ago, humanity took a giant leap forward in space exploration as the first people from Earth walked on the surface of the moon. Today, NASA is aiming for a much farther target: Mars, by way of asteroid. Here's how NASA's Next Giant Leap might work.

Apollo 11 Flight Log, July 20, 1969: The Moon Landing
It's the main event for the Apollo 11 crew. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin visited the lunar surface on the Eagle lander as an anxious Michael Collins awaited their return aboard the command module Columbia. Meanwhile, NASA's Mission Control held its breath....
Neil Armstrong about to take the first step on the moon
Image courtesy NASA

The unrelenting flatulence was not faked.
And going home:

Apollo 11 Lunar Module Rendevous with Command Module

Apollo 11 Lunar Module Rendevous with Command Module
Michael Collins—NASA (13); Gif by Mia Tramz for TIME
This series of images captures the Lunar Module approaching the Command Service Module at rendezvous and was shot handheld by astronaut Michael Collins. Earthrise is visible in the last four frames. TIME

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