Jun 28

Space Rocket History #214 – Apollo 11 – The Climb to Orbit

A Saturn V liftoff is spectacular, and the launch of Apollo 11 was no exception. But it didn’t give the audience any surprises. To the three Gemini-experienced pilots, who likened the sensation to the boost of a Titan II, it was a normal launch.

Launch of Apollo 11

Former Pres. Johnson & current VP Spiro T. Agnew watch the launch of Apollo 11

Apollo 11-The Rocket’s Red Glare

Jun 21

Space Rocket History #213 – Apollo 11 – The Launch

On July 16th 1969, nearly a million people crowded the Florida highways, byways, and beaches to watch man’s departure from the earth to walk on the moon. Twenty thousand guests looked on from special vantage points.

Apollo 11 pre-launch breakfast

Neil Armstrong suiting up

Apollo 11 crew heading to the launch pad

Jun 14

Space Rocket History #212 – Apollo 11 – Prelaunch

In addition to the ordinary taxpayers who gathered on the beaches and roads of eastern Florida, 20,000 VIPs were invited by NASA to watch the lift off from viewing stands near the Vehicle Assembly Building.

Crane lifts first stage in preparation for stacking on mobile launcher

Second stage is moved in position to connect with first

Third stage is hoisted for connection to the second stage

Jun 07

Space Rocket History #211 – Apollo 11 – Mission Training – Part 3 & Contamination

In addition to the fixed-base lunar module simulators in Houston and at the Cape, astronauts also practiced at Langley Research Center on the suspended lunar landing trainer which was equipped with realistic surface views and lighting.

Aldrin practices setting up Solar Wind experiment

Armstrong practices opening a lunar sample box

1/6 gravity harness to practice moon walking

May 31

Space Rocket History #210 – Apollo 11 – Mission Training – Part 2

Steve Bales (Guido) made a new entry to the trajectory and guidance section of the rules book which excluded lunar module computer program alarms 1201 and 1202 from the abort list.

Don Puddy – responsible for comm, power, & life support

Steve Bales – GUIDO (guidance position)

Chuck Deiterich – RETRO

May 24

Space Rocket History #209 – Apollo 11 – Mission Training – Part 1

Crew training for Apollo 11 was already complicated by the need to master the controls of two different and very complex spacecrafts, as well as the space suit, but now the mission took on new dimensions, principally in learning how to set a 14.5-metric-ton lunar module safely down on the moon.

Lunar landing training

Neil & Buzz practice in LM simulator

Armstrong practices in the LM simulator with suit

May 17

Space Rocket History #208 – Apollo 11 – Commander Neil Armstrong – Part 3

After his death, Armstrong was described, in a statement released by the White House, as “among the greatest of American heroes—not just of his time, but of all time.”

Tereshkova presents Armstrong with badge to visit Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

Armstrong speaking at 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s first space flight

Burial at Sea of the ashes of Neil Armstrong

May 10

Space Rocket History #207 – Apollo 11 – Commander Neil Armstrong – Part 2

Armstrong became more and more excited about the prospects of both the Apollo program and of investigating a new aeronautical environment.

Neil suiting up for Gemini 8, March 1966

Armstrong after ejecting from the Lunar Landing Test Vehicle

Buzz took this photo of Neil after the Moon walk