The huge rocket soars into the blue sky and gradually becomes a point of light among the scattered clouds. I continue to take photos until I am out of film. There is silence again except for the final cheers and applause of the onlookers. Marv and I go back to the VIP grandstand to get some quotes. We talk briefly to Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon, and then to Bill Anders and Fred Haise, the backup LMP who saw the crew off in the White Room. “Their spirits were very good, just like anyone who’s waited along time and worked very hard for something like this—looking forward to it,” Haise tells us. We also see Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan but don’t get a chance to talk to them. We go to the T+1 briefing at the Press Site where we learn all is OK with the flight. Then it’s back to the Sea Missile motel for a post-launch swim after an exhilarating morning.
#Apollo11Eyewitness Post #46 July 16, 1969 Events