We may still be lamenting the final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis earlier this month, but there is still plenty to celebrate with the anniversary of the launch of the first manned mission to land on the moon. The rocket engines of Apollo 11 ignited at 9:32 a.m. EDT on July 16, 1969 and the ship began its ascent. I remember my third grade teacher pulling out the school’s old black and white television for the class to watch this historic event. Do you remember where you were when the Apollo 11 launched? Do you remember all the excitement around the event? Do you even know what black and white television was like? Our hats off to, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins for this historic mission! The famous first steps on the moon took place on July 20th, 1969.
Celebrate by checking out books and DVDs on space and space exploration. Have a listen to the Apollo 11 audio database or just sit back and have a look at highlights of the Apollo 11 launch and other exciting videos courtesy of NASA.