PHOTO COURTESY OF NASA
On July 20, 1969, Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., Lunar Landing Module Pilot of the first lunar landing poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States Flag during an Apollo 11 Extravehicular Activity on the lunar surface.The Lunar Module is on the left, and footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible in the soil of the moon. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Commander, took this picture with a 70mm Hasselblad lunar surface camera.
While Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the LM the “Eagle” to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon, Astronaut Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot, remained with the command and service modules “Columbia” in lunar orbit.
PHOTO COURTESY NASA/JOHNSON SPACE CENTER
The Apollo 11 Spacecraft is launched with the massive, 353-foot tall Saturn V rocket from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center at 9:32 a.m. (EDT) July 16, 1969.
Sulphur’s Neil Mayo recently gave an extensive historical review of the Apollo 11 NASA mission that put the first human on the Moon 50 years ago. His presentation to a large crowd was at the monthly meeting of the Arbuckle Historical Society at the Museum downtown on Monday, August 19.
Mayo began his talk going all the way back to World War I in the last century. Near that time, there were experiments with rocketry. “Robert Goddard was experimenting with rocket propulsion,” Mayo said.
Rocket development would eventually culminate with men walking on the Moon. Rocketry was jump started during World War II in Nazi Germany. Mayo explained, “The Germans got a chunk of money from Hitler to develop the V-2 rocket. It was used as a weapon in the war, against the English.”
Mayo observed, “The V-2 was the first man-made object to make it into space. It was invented by Wernher von Braun.”
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