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Apollo 11
Apollo 11 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: The primary objective of Apollo 11 was to complete a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961: perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth.

Commander: Neil Armstrong
Lunar module (Eagle) pilot: Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr.
Command module (Columbia) pilot: Michael Collins

Landing site:
Mare Tranquilitatis (Sea of Tranquility)

Accomplishments: The mission succeeded on all counts. Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin conducted first crewed landing on the moon, deployed instruments, took photographs, collected samples and returned safely to Earth.

Key Dates
16 Jul 1969:  Launch
19 Jul 1969:  Lunar Orbit Insertion
20 Jul 1969:  Lunar Landing
21 Jul 1969:  Lunar Surface Departure
24 Jul 1969:  Recovery on Earth
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Apollo 11 Facts First time humans walked on the moon.

First words spoken from the surface of another world: "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

A plaque on the descent stage (which also served as launch platform for the ascent stage and remains on the lunar surface) reads: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."

To make the lander as light as possible, it contained no seats. The astronauts stood while descending to the lunar surface and returning to the orbiting command module.

The command module was named "Columbia" after "Columbiad," the canon that launched the moonship in Jules Verne's novel, From the Earth to the moon.
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