Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Time Travel Tuesday: 1st walk on the moon/Apollo 11 mission
On July 20 1969, the Eagle, the lunar module for the Apollo 11 mission, landed on the moon.
Neil Armstrong (left)and Buzz Aldrin (right)
Neil Alden Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 mission and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr, took man's first steps on the moon, about 6 1/2 hours after they landed. It was upon stepping on the moon that Armstrong said, the now famous line, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." For the next 2 1/2 hours Armstrong and Aldrin, took notes, drilled core samples, and took photos. The astronauts left scientific equipment, an American flag, an Apollo 1 mission patch, and a plaque that had 2 drawings of the earth on it, the signatures of the astronauts and President Richard Nixon, and an inscription which said, "Here Men From The Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We Came in Peace For All Mankind". Upon leaving the moon's surface, the Eagle rendevoused with the space shuttle Columbia, and the astronauts returned to Earth.