“Houston, tranquillity base here. The eagle has landed”
On December 23rd, 1969 Neil Armstrong has given the command of the Apollo 11. This was the first manned landing on the moon. This was an exciting time for America. The United States was in a race with the Soviet Union to be the first on the moon. The Soviet Union had gone first to space so America wanted to be the first on the moon after they lost
After months of practice and preparation, the Apollo 11 spacecraft launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16th, 1969. It was a scary moment in the flight when Neil had to take over manual control of the landing. This was not the plan and if the landing had taken too long, then it would have left the crew short on fuel. The landing was successful and the spacecraft had around about 40 seconds of fuel remaining.
Collecting Moon Rocks
Look at these white rocks and craters!
This was not the plan and if the landing had took too long, then it would have left the crew short on fuel. The landing was successful and the crew had around about 40 seconds of fuel remaining. At that time of landing Armstrong said “Houston, tranquillity base here. The eagle has landed”
Returning from the Moon
After landing, Neil Armstrong was the first to leave the craft and walk on the moon. The historic date for Neil on the moon was July 21st, 1969. His famous words among the first man on the moon were "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” -Neil Armstrong
Buzz Aldrin also walked on the moon during this trip. They collected moon rocks and were on the moon for 21 hours. Their rocket named Eagle, was on the moon. And the third astronaut, Michael Collin, orbited the moon in another rocket.
The three pilots arrived back on earth on July 24th. They landed in the Pacific Ocean and returned as heroes. After the Apollo 11 flight, Neil held many places with NASA. Neil also worked as a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati.