Sunday, July 20, 2014

Landing on the Moon (post 48)

Forty-five years ago today (July 20, 1969) I was at the NASA Apollo 11 News Center at Cape Canaveral to report on America’s first attempt to land on the Moon. After the launch on July 16, most of the 3,400 journalists left for Houston to cover the rest of the flight. However, a couple hundred of us, mainly foreigners, stayed at the Cape to follow the mission. The newsroom had loudspeakers which relayed the PAO voice loop from Houston; there were also a few color television consoles around which we huddled. . I got to the News Center around 1 p.m., in time for Lunar Module undocking. “The Eagle has wings,” Armstrong reported. I recorded the different milestones in my notebook, including the final “You’re go for landing” at 4:15 p.m. After a perilous descent expertly flown by Neil Armstrong, he and Buzz Aldrin landed at 4:18 p.m. Applause rang out in the News Center. “Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed” Armstrong reported. Men had landed on the Moon!

#Apollo11Eyewitness  Post #48  July 20, 1969 Events




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