Apollo 11 Footage (1969)

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Apollo XI mission footage, from liftoff to the splashdown in the Pacific.

Apollo 11 Flight Summary

July 16-24, 1969
Spacecraft: Saturn V (AS-506, SM-107, CM-107, LM-5)
Command Module: CM-107, callsign Columbia, mass 30,320 kg
Service Module: SM-107
Lunar Module: LM-5, callsign Eagle, mass 16,448 kg
Booster: Saturn V SA-506
Launch pad: LC 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA
Launch date: July 16, 1969 (1969-07-16), 13:32:00 UTC
Lunar landing: July 20, 1969 20:17:40 UTC Sea of Tranquility
0°40′26.69″N 23°28′22.69″E / 0.6740806°N 23.4729694°E / 0.6740806; 23.4729694
(based on the IAU Mean Earth Polar Axis coordinate system)
Lunar EVA duration: 2 h 36 m 40 s
Lunar surface time: 21 h 31 m 20 s
Lunar sample mass: 21.55 kg (47.5 lb)
Number of lunar orbits: 30
Total CSM time in lunar orbit: 59 h 30 m 25.79 s
Landing: July 24, 1969, 16:50:35 UTC
13°19′N 169°9′W / 13.317°N 169.15°W / 13.317; -169.15 (Apollo 11 splashdown)
Mission duration: 8d 03h 18m 35s
Crew: Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr.

Half of Apollo’s primary goal—a safe return—was achieved at 4:17 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on July 20, when Armstrong piloted "Eagle" to a touchdown on the Moon, with less than 30 seconds worth of fuel left in the Lunar Module. Six hours later, Armstrong took his famous "one giant leap for mankind." Aldrin joined him, and the two spent two-and-a-half hours drilling core samples, photographing what they saw, and collecting rocks. After more than 21 hours on the lunar surface, they returned to Collins on board "Columbia," bringing 20.87 kilograms of lunar samples with them. The two Moon-walkers had left behind scientific instruments, an American flag, and other mementos, including a plaque bearing the inscription: "Here Men From Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon The Moon. July 1969 A.D. We Came In Peace For All Mankind."

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