44th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

By  //  July 20, 2013

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ABOVE VIDEO: This video shows Buzz Aldrin descending the lunar module ladder. The video compares existing footage with the partially restored video. The thumbnail image shows the new footage on the left and the old on the right. Video courtesy of “ReelNasa” YouTube Channel

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — July 20 marks the 44th anniversary of the moon walk by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. 

Below is an excerpt from an official release from NASA on the history of the landing:

“On July 20, 1969, the human race accomplished its single greatest technological achievement of all time when a man first set foot on another celestial body.

Six hours after landing at 4:17 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (with less than 30 seconds fo fuel remaining), Neil A. Armstrong took the “Small Step” into our greater future when he stepped off the Lunar Module, named “Eagle,” onto the surface of the Moon, from which he could look up and see Earth in the heavens as no one had done before him.

He was shortly joined by “Buzz” Aldrin, and the two astronauts spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned 46 pounds of lunar rocks. Their liftoff from the surface of the moon was (partially) captured on a TV camera they left behind, and they successfully docked with Michael Collins, patiently orbiting the cold but no longer lifeless moon alone in the Command Module “Columbia.” – NASA

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