“For one priceless moment, in the whole history of man, all the people on this earth are truly one. One in their pride in what you have done. And one in our prayers that you will return safely to earth” President Nixon.
Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 AD
The flag was not a territorial claim but was intended as a symbol of freedom and to identify the nation that achieved the first landing
Suddenly, Buzz and Neil heard the high-pitched sound of the Master Alarm. On the computer display the “PROG” light glowed amber. “Program alarm,” Armstrong radioed. Quickly, Aldrin queried the computer for the alarm code, and “1202” flashed on the display.
Lunar Module computer DSKY
Top-Steve Bales. Jack Garmin below receiving award from Alan Shepard & George Low
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
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.
Lovell completed four space flights and is one of only three men to travel to the Moon twice. Lovell accrued over 715 hours spent in space, and he saw a total of 269 sunrises from space on his Gemini and Apollo flights.
1966 photo of Jim Lovell posing with Gemini-Titan model
Jim Lovell at the Command Module Guidance and Navigation station during the Apollo 8 mission
Lovell in front of the launch pad before the Apollo 13 mission
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.