50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

Tuesday, July 16th, 1969, Apollo 11 blasts off from Kennedy Space Center on an epic mission not only to land on the moon, but also to have astronauts take the first step on the moon. On Saturday, July 20th, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon at 10:17 pm. Several hours later, Neil Armstrong stepped out of Apollo Lunar Module Eagle and history was made.

In a time when the Cold War was raging on, and the race between US and Russia to see who could be the first to put a man on the moon, the United States prevailed.

I was not alive when this happened, but have seen many documentaries and the footage of the landing, and the first steps taken. ABC World News had a piece on the mission Monday, and the landing, and I admit, it made me choke up a bit.

Anyone have memories of the lead up to the take off, landing, etc? Stories to share?


I was 12 and I was amazed at Americans on the moon. Besides a cold war, there was a race to the moon Between good old America and the commies. we had to (and did) win,

Yay for the good guys. Houston. Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle has landed.

cheers went up all around the country.

All americans were united for exactly a split second.

Hippies, Hard Hats, cons, libs, anti-war, hawks.

we Americans landed on the moon. Incredible.

Forget the mankind â– â– â– â– â–  we beat the ruskies.


I was stationed at an airbase in Tokyo. It happened in the morning over there. We watched it on TV in the dayroom.
A couple of my buddies and I went barhopping downtown that night. It was impossible to buy a meal or a drink. Everything was on the house when they saw we were Americans. “Hi, GI- Congratulations Apollo 11”


Thanks for sharing.

Did the Japanese seem excited for the landing?

I just listened to a great peice on NPR today playing the recordings of the landing and interviews of some of the people.involved.

I parked my truck and listened to the end of the story at work, made me a minute late but it was worth it.

They were over awed by it.


I’m old… but you’re…


That day/night I remember looking at the moon, it was low on western sky in what we call waxing crescent phase. For those that don’t know that’s the first phase after the new moon. About quarter of it was illumination.

I was in awe.

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I wasn’t born yet, but that’s what I would have done if the moon was visible. Must have been so cool.

Personally I think that was man greatest achievement in human history.

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I agree.

I think its one thing to land on the moon.
I think its a totally differently amazing thing to land on the moon, have a man walk on the moon, and have him come back to Earth, safely.


Kind of sad how little traction this thread have gotten.

American youths goal in life is to be professional YouTube blogger.


What a â– â– â– â– â– â–  up country we become.

I made this hoping a few posters who were around could not only discuss the landing, but also some experiences hearing about the space race between US and Russia.

I was one and a half so if I saw it I have no memories.

But I’ve been following space flight since I was a kid. One of my first ever researched essays (back in the days when if you wanted to research you had to go to the library) was Apollo: Greatest Human Endeavor

In awe they did this with slide rules and an onboard computer with less computing power than a calculator (they did have big ground-based mainframes at the Real Time Computing Complex).

If you go to YouTube search moon landing MIT and you’ll see a very good series of videos from the MIT Science Professor on how it all worked.

I’m in awe because in this day of high powered electronics and computers…we have lost the ability to build the big engines on the S-1C stage. We know the basic design but there were a lot of tweaks in the handwritten engineering notes which are all lost.

So when we go again, the modern day LM and CSM will have to go up on two separate rockets (we are sending a larger crew this time so to be fair each module is much bigger).

You guys think that actually happened ? Video below proves otherwise:



I remember the time, and video of the landing you can see in this video…and of course those famous words…Eagle has landed.

Couldn’t find the CBS version of this thou, I seems to remember Walter Cronkite was on. Either way the video of landing was the same.

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Long time before I was born. Definitely a good day to be an American… Actually, just a good day to be a human.

My first space related memory was the Hubble telescope repair to correct the mirror.

That’s a blanket statement.

Very few people can qualify for the Astronaut program. It’s designed to weed out people who can’t hack it, similar to the military.

I’m pretty confident a lot of people apply but they either fail prequalification and the others probably wash out and pursue careers groundside.

You don’t want sociopaths or emotionally damaged people on a space station.

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Moon landing- CBS Version- the link should start with 60 seconds to go:

Moon walk- CBS Version- this link should start just slightly before Neil comes down the ladder.