APOLLO 11, DAY 2: Fifty Years Ago Today, Apollo 11 Was Speeding Toward Moon at 5,000 MPH

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crew presented a color television broadcast from the spacecraft, showing viewers Earth

APOLLO 11, DAY 2: Lunar module pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin inside the lunar module Eagle, on the way to the moon. (NASA image)

APOLLO 11, DAY 2: Fifty years ago today, Apollo 11  has passed the halfway point in its journey and was speeding toward the moon at 5,000 mph.

Just after 12 noon EDT, the crew fired the engines on command module Columbia for three seconds to make a brief course correction.

About seven hours later, the crew presented a 36-minute color television broadcast from the spacecraft, showing viewers what Earth looks like from about 147,300 miles away.

The crew of Apollo 11 continue with housekeeping duties on their spacecraft systems, and in between times observe and photograph the Earth.

They made a television broadcast of the view, and also show the interior of the Command Module.

The crew of Apollo 11 continue with housekeeping duties on their spacecraft systems, and in between times observe and photograph the Earth. (NASA image)
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