Apollo 11 launched successfully – 40 years ago

July 16, 2009 13:54 by scibuff

Update 2: Boston Globe published a gallery of 40 breathtaking photos of Apollo 11.

Update 1: NASA has made available HD footage of moments from the Apollo 11 mission

I wonder how would the today’s blogosphere react if this event was happening now. The buzz Space Shuttle launches generate grows with every mission as demonstrated by yesterday’s launch of Endeavour which, despite five scrubbed attempts, shuttered all previous records into pieces.

July 16, 1969 at 13:32:00 UTC – The crew of Apollo 11 successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Launch Complex (LC) pad 39-A on the first manned mission to land on the Moon, atop the Saturn V rocket, the most powerful machine ever build (even today) generating 34 million Newtons of thrust – the only rocket that has carried man beyond Earth’s gravity.

The crew of Apollo 11: Commander Neil A. Armstrong, Command Module pilot Michael Collins, Lunar Module pilot Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. May 1, 1969 - Photo Credit: NASA

The crew of Apollo 11: Commander Neil A. Armstrong, Command Module pilot Michael Collins, Lunar Module pilot Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. May 1, 1969 - Photo Credit: NASA

July 16

13:31:51 UTC – S-IC (Saturn V – first stage) start command

13:31:58 UTC – S-IC ignition

The Apollo 11 Saturn V at the moment of ignition - Photo Credit: NASA

The Apollo 11 Saturn V at the moment of ignition - Photo Credit: NASA

13:32:00 UTC – Lift-off

Apollo 11 Liftoff at KSC LC-39A - Photo Credit: NASA

Apollo 11 Liftoff at KSC LC-39A - Photo Credit: NASA

Apollo 11 Liftoff at KSC LC-39A - Photo Credit: NASA

Apollo 11 Liftoff at KSC LC-39A - Photo Credit: NASA

13:33:06 UTC – Passed Mach 1 and 17 seconds later Max-Q (Maximum dynamic pressure 35,200.13 N/m²)

13:34:41 UTC – S-IC onboard engine cut-off

16:22:13 UTC – Trans-Lunar Injection (TLI), Apollo 11 is heading for Mare Tranquillitatis on the Lunar surface

July 19

17:21:50 UTC – Lunar orbit insertion

Earthrise over the lunar horizon taken from the orbiting Command Module - Photo Credit: NASA

Earthrise over the lunar horizon taken from the orbiting Command Module - Photo Credit: NASA

July 20

17:44:00 UTC – Command Service Module (CSM) / Lunar Module (LM) separation

20:17:39 UTC – Lunar landing

July 21

02:39:33 UTC – Lunar EVA started

02:56:15 UTC – “That’s one small step for a man…one giant leap for mankind”

Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong at the modular equipment storage assembly (MESA) of the Lunar Module "Eagle" on the historic first extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. - Photo Credit: NASA

Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong at the modular equipment storage assembly (MESA) of the Lunar Module "Eagle" on the historic first extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. - Photo Credit: NASA

Buzz Aldrin climbs down the Eagle's ladder to the surface. Photo credit: NASA

Buzz Aldrin climbs down the Eagle's ladder to the surface. Photo credit: NASA

05:11:13 UTC – Lunar EVA ends (LM hatch is closed) – EVA clocks stop at 02 hours 31 minutes and 40 seconds

17:54:00 UTC – Lunar lift-off ignition

With a half-Earth in the background, the Lunar Module ascent stage with Moon-walking Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin Jr. approaches for a rendezvous with the Apollo Command Module manned by Michael Collins. - Photo Credit: NASA

With a half-Earth in the background, the Lunar Module ascent stage with Moon-walking Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin Jr. approaches for a rendezvous with the Apollo Command Module manned by Michael Collins. - Photo Credit: NASA

21:35:00 UTC – CSM / LM docking

July 22

04:55:42 UTC – Trans-Earth Injection

July 24

16:21:12 UTC – Command Module (CM) / Service Module (SM) separation

16:35:05 UTC – Atmospheric (re)entry

16:50:35 UTC – Splashdown

Columbia splashed down southwest of Hawaii - Photo Credit: NASA

Columbia splashed down southwest of Hawaii - Photo Credit: NASA