HANS REMEMBERS- WEDNESDAY JULY 16, 1969- APOLLO 11 ON ITS WAY TO THE MOON [VIDEO]

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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.

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13 responses to “HANS REMEMBERS- WEDNESDAY JULY 16, 1969- APOLLO 11 ON ITS WAY TO THE MOON [VIDEO]

    • I don’t know how they- or anyone at NASA took a breathe from blast off to spashdown– especially on the Moon landing and the launching off of the Moon.

  1. The anniversary of one of humankind’s greatest feats is exciting. I will go tomorrow night to watch the doco at the cinema. I was watching the following video about how NASA recovered and study the moon rocks. Well worth a watch Hans if you haven’t seen it already:

    • Thanks I hadn’t seen that one- will watch it! What are you going to see Apollo 11? Excellent stuff. Also worth seeing it the new 3 part PBS “Chasing The Moon”

    • Actually your posts about the commemoration about the moon-landing inspired me to just write a brief post on it. So thanks Hans. I’m going to look for that PBS Chasing the Moon doco. Cheers.

    • I have been watching some new docs on it- it is indeed amazing with the technology of that day how in the world did they do it? The lift off from the moon especially- if it didn’t go on the first try it was likely we would have had 2 astronauts stranded on the Moon until they died…there would be no way to rescue them.

    • And of course the astronauts knew this all along. They were brave because just getting off the earth’s surface was treacherous.
      I’ve read where a pocket calculator had more computing power than NASA’s 1969 computers. Our phones are super computers compared to what they had. It shows you what man kind can do.

  2. Just think if we could get 400,000 people dedicated to making space travel happen how far we could go… “First Man” did a great job on immersing the viewer in the feelings of the astronauts, their families, and the crews of those missions and events leading up to them.

    • Neil was a pretty focused guy- what made him a great astronaut may not have made him an ideal husband though.

    • I think the divorce rate among the astronauts was high- that wasn’t a 9 to 5 job. From all accounts his second marriage later in life was much more successful. With the first marriage he just wasn’t a communicator- which came though in “First Man.”

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