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Transcript of Apollo 11
July 20, 1969
Neil Armstrong was Commander (38 years old at the time)
Commander Module Pilot Michael Collins
Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin
Had 3 backup crew members
July 19 - After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours entered a lunar orbit
July 20 1:46 PM - Lunar Module Eagle separated from the command module, where Collins remained
2 hours later - Eagle began it's decent
4:17 PM- Craft touched down at the Sea of Tranquility
Armstrong immediately transmitted famous words to mission control in Houston, Texas "The Eagle has landed"
Mission Apollo 11
"One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." -Neil Armstrong
Chaz Eich and Christiana Schmidt
John F. Kennedy declared it a national goal on May 25, 1961 to perform a crew lunar landing & make it back to Earth
At the time the U.S. was still lagging behind the Soviet Union in space developments
Launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969 at 9:32 AM
Consisted of 30 revolutions
653, 054 miles traveled total
Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours and 36 mins on the moon's surface
7 hour rest period on the moon
They recovered in the Pacific Ocean.
The USS Hornet
July 24, 1969... At 12:50 P.M.
Landed with less fuel than previous missions - only 25 seconds of fuel left
Sea Of Tranquility
They traveled just over 953,000 miles.
Their average speed for the 8 days they traveled was 4,887 mph.
When they were coming back to earth, their entrance speed was was just under 36,000 ft/s.
Spent about 2 and a quarter hours on the moon
Collected about 47.5lbs of lunar material
Spacecraft consisted of 3 parts
Command module - cabin to fit 3 members
Service module - Support the command module with supplies like oxygen and water, only part that landed back on Earth
Lunar Module"Eagle"- Had two stages
Lower stage - For landing on the moon
Upper stage - placed astronauts back into orbit
One of the most amazing things to think about is the amount of technology we have all around us now when comparing to the Apollo 11. Your average I Phone 4s has more technology than the Apollo 11 did when it landed on the moon.(1300x better computing power.)
Previous Apollo Missions
Apollo7 - Intended to be the 1st mission to carry U.S. astronauts into space
Scheduled to launch in Feb. 1967, but a fire in the cabin during a Jan test killed the crew
They learned from the faults of this attempted mission to improve the next Mission, Apollo 11.
Landing in the Pacific Ocean
Believe it or not, there are actually a ton of people out there that believe the moon landing was just a big hoax the USA did in order to establish superiority over the Soviet Union in the "Space Race."
Flag on the Moon
Ever noticed how the flag on the moon appears to be waving, yet there is no wind or atmosphere? They say this is because the flag has a metal rod going from corner to corner and the ripples are the flag resisting the motion due to its elastic stretch that is exerted by the rod.