7/20/1969 NASA's Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to set foot on the lunar surface, realizing humanity's age-old dream. And effectively winning the space race for the United States of America. Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin left the Apollo 11 command module (piloted by Michael Collins) in orbit and performed a landing in the lunar module Eagle. At 4:18 p.m. EDT, Armstrong announced to a watching and waiting world that "The Eagle has landed." Six-and-a-half hours later, he stepped onto the powdery surface with the words, "Thatís one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Aldrin soon followed Armstrong down the ladder to become the second man to stand on the moon. The mission was by no means a slam dunk. There was real fear that once on the lunar surface the astronauts might end up marooned and beyond rescue. In fact, President Nixon had a condolence speech ready to go in the event things turned out badly. Things went as planned, however, and Armstrong and Aldrin returned to the command module after leaving behind a plaque inscribed with the words: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind." Five more Apollo missions carried astronauts to the moon before the program ended in 1972. (There were to have been six, but Apollo 13's mission ended in near disaster.) The last man to leave his footprint on the moon was Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan, on Dec. 14, 1972. This month NASA announced what type of rocket and crew vehicle will be making the next Moon landings ad explorations of deep space. The journey continues. Video info The real events of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, from the National Geographic Channel. [Re-edited for Gamma Correction]
#21 Meagan Collins
Lady Aces hoopfest! Roberts Stadium 9-22-09
Boonville Pioneers vs. North Posey 9-8-09 3-0 win for Boonville
I hope this clears up some speculation and answers of why cops procedures are so strict and why there so cautious. Thanks for watching!
Hoopin it up on a windy spring break day at Wesselsmans.
Meagan Collins #20 basketball Boonville Lady Pioneers vs. Mt. Vernon Lady Wildcats Jan. 30, 2009