NASA TV rebroadcasts Apollo 11 liftoff on 50th anniversary

NASA TV rebroadcasts Apollo 11 liftoff on 50th anniversary

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a life-size projection of the Saturn V rocket on the Washington Monument on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The spacecraft took four days to reach the Moon, before the module known as the "Eagle" - whence the iconic phrase "the Eagle has landed" - touched the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.

Viewers can either check in at any point in the eight day mission to see what was happening at the time, or skip around to the highlights. The crowd also included members of NASA's next moon management team, including Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, launch director for the still-in-development Space Launch System moon rocket. A timeline at the top of the page keeps track of your place in the mission and highlights interesting moments.

At the same time, however, the president was prepared to make another call - to Armstrong and Aldrin's soon-to-be-widowed wives.

In his memoir, Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, Kranz describes his role during numerous most famous spaceflights in history.

The Apollo 11, which was part of the Apollo Program, took off at 8:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969.

Three reels of videotape from NASA's Apollo 11 mission described as "the only surviving first-generation recordings of the historic moon walk" will be auctioned at Sotheby's on Saturday, the day of the moon landing's 50th anniversary.

The historic move was live telecasted on TV and was watched by an estimated 650 million viewers.

"The second stage was something we anxious about through the design. I think we all ought to be a little ashamed that we can't do better than that".

The Apollo 11 was also the fifth manned flight of the command and service modules in the series and the third flight of a lunar module, which Armstrong and Aldrin used to get to the moon's surface.

Back at Kennedy, Mr Cabana turned the conversation to Nasa's next moonshot programme, Artemis, named after the twin sister of Greek mythology's Apollo.

The PITMS instrument will provide an early opportunity to study the dynamic behaviour of water on the Moon today, as well as proving some of the detection technology that will be used by the OU on subsequent missions.

Collins noted that the moon-first crowd has merit to its argument and he pointed out Armstrong himself was among those who believed returning to the moon "would assist us mightily in our attempt to go to Mars".

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