The Launch Of Apollo 11:
On July 16, 1969, the huge, 363-feet tall Saturn V rocket launches on the Apollo 11 mission from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, at 9:32 a.m. EDT. On-board the Apollo 11 spacecraft are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. Apollo 11 was the United States’ first lunar landing mission. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the Lunar Module “Eagle” to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon, astronaut Collins remained with the Command and Service Modules “Columbia” in lunar orbit.
Apollo 11’s historic mission to the lunar surface 45 years ago blazed a new trail for human exploration beyond our home planet. Now, NASA is looking to extended humanity’s presence in space, building the new SLS rocket and Orion capsule that will send astronauts beyond low Earth orbit, to an asteroid, and eventually to Mars.
The ISS Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Message:
International Space Station astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman salute the Apollo 11 mission on the 45th anniversary of its launch.
“When Apollo 11 landed on the moon 45 years ago,” says Swanson, “this space station that we live on was science fiction. But today it is reality thanks to the legacy of the Apollo astronauts and all the nations that have followed the path to space since then.”
(Read more about the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission @http://www.nasa.gov/content/launch-of-apollo-11/#.U8bbNJRn0qM)