Hans Remembers- Wednesday July 16, 1969- Apollo 11 at 9:32 AM EST with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on board lifted off from Cape Kennedy and were on their way to the Moon. 12 minutes after lift off the ship entered Earth orbit and two and a half hours later departed from Earth’s orbit and were headed to the Moon. The Moon is 238, 900 miles from the Earth. If all goes well the lunar module with Armstrong and Aldrin on board will land on the Moon on Sunday July 20, 1969. The astronauts may have been the rock stars of the mission but in the Apollo program alone over 400,000 people worked behind the scenes to make President Kennedy’s dream of putting a man on the Moon before the end of the decade a reality.