Nov 15

Space Rocket History #232 – Apollo 11 – Final Duties & World Reaction Part 2

The round-the-world tour began on September 29th and lasted until November 5th covering 28 cities in 25 countries in 38 days. The astronauts’ wives were allowed to go along on the trip, as well as a large staff.

Apollo 11 crew in Mexico City

Apollo 11 crew meet Pope Paul VI

Apollo 11 crew meet the Queen

Nov 08

Space Rocket History #231 – Apollo 11 – Final Duties & World Reaction Part 1

On August 10th, 1969 quarantine officially ended for the Apollo 11 crew, but that did not end the duties required for a flight of such magnitude. On August 12th, the Astronauts conducted a post flight press conference. They were greeted with a standing ovation from members of the media.

Post flight press conference

New York welcomes Apollo 11 crew

Chicago welcomes Apollo 11 crew

Nov 01

Space Rocket History #230 – Apollo 11 – Recovery, Nixon, & Quarantine

The helicopter door slid open and Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins stepped out of the helicopter onto the lower deck of the carrier Hornet to the accompaniment of a brass band. They appeared to many, like men from another world. They were outfitted from head to toe in gray-colored Biological Isolation Garments.

Mission Control Celebrates  Success of Apollo 11

Astronauts arrive on the USS Hornet

President Nixon welcomes the astronauts home

Oct 25

Space Rocket History #229 – Apollo 11 – Re-entry & Splashdown

At launch, Apollo 11 weighed 6,000,000 pounds, now all that was left of Columbia weighed in at a mere 11,000 pounds.

Apollo 11 Entry Corridor

Apollo 11 splashdown

President Nixon observing recovery from the Hornet

Oct 18

Space Rocket History #228 – Apollo 11 – The Return

The next critical event in the Apollo 11 mission was the Trans-Earth Injection burn. The burn involved firing the big service propulsion engine for two and a half minutes on the back side of the moon.

Apollo 11 heading for home

Apollo 11 leaving the Moon

Apollo 11 returning to Earth

Oct 11

Space Rocket History #227 – Apollo 11 – Rendezvous, Docking and Jettisoning

The ascent of the Eagle was strikingly swift compared with the liftoff of the huge Saturn V rocket from Cape Canaveral. Of course for the Moon launch, there was no atmosphere resisting Eagle, and there was only one-sixth gravity to overcome.

Columbia photographed from Eagle

Eagle inspection and rendezvous

Eagle returns to Columbia with Earth watching

Oct 04

Space Rocket History #226 – Apollo 11 – Moon Launch

Until now they had been focused on reaching the moon, landing, taking a walk on its surface, setting up experiments, exploring, and gathering evidence. With those tasks completed and their lunar bounty was board, the top priority was to fly back to Earth.

Rear of the LM ascent stage with Earth beyond

Buzz after his moonwalk

Rocketdyne’s artist concept of the Apollo 11 LM ascent stage launched from the surface of the moon

Sep 27

Space Rocket History #225 – Apollo 11 – Moonwalk – Part 3

Without a word to Houston, while Buzz made his way back to Eagle, Armstrong took off running.
Long strides carried Armstrong into the sun’s glare to the edge of a crater that looked to be 80 feet across and 15 or 20 feet deep.

Armstrong and the lunar lander are reflected in Aldrin’s visor in the iconic “Visor Shot”

Armstrong working at the Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA)

Armstrong back inside the LM after the historic moon walk