Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Committee Leaders Introduce Legislation to Preserve Apollo 11 Moon Landing Sites

Committee Leaders Introduce Legislation to Preserve Apollo 11 Moon Landing Sites

The Saturn V rocket carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 - and just four days later, man first set foot on the moon.

He said people watching the launch saw a rocket lifting slowly and majestically from the pad, but he felt a lot of "jiggling to the left and right" and he wondered how close the rocket was to knocking against the launch tower.

Tributes: A patch from the Apollo 1 mission, commemorating the three astronauts who died when a fire broke out in the command module during a training exercise, was left on the moon as well as medals honoring the fallen Russian cosmonauts Vladimir Komarov and Yuri Gagarin.

The lunar disaster plan prepared by Safire included instructions on how Nixon should first inform the widows of the astronauts before addressing the nation explaining how "fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace". On the NASA live broadcast Tuesday, he repeated that wish, but acknowledged that Armstrong thought more moon missions were necessary before going to Mars, which is how NASA is proceeding.

"I would enjoy a perfectly enjoyable hot coffee, I had music if I wanted to".

What was the Apollo 11 mission? "Good old Command Module Columbia had every facility that I needed, and it was plenty big and I really enjoyed my time by myself instead of being terribly lonely".

"Wonderful feeling to be back", Collins said on NASA TV, according to the AP.

Despite some setbacks (while moving about the lunar module cabin, one of the astronauts accidentally damaged a circuit breaker that controlled the craft's engines), Aldrin and Armstrong successfully rendezvoused with Collins above the moon, and all three made it safely back to Earth.

Morris said he continued to work on the team for most Apollo missions before the space program ended.

- First man, best spokesman? We, crew, felt the weight of the world on our shoulders.

"He was very intelligent, he had an extremely wide background of knowledge, scientific knowledge, historical knowledge".

"50 years ago today, Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and I launched into space on a mission of enormous importance".

For his part, President Donald Trump relaunched the race to re-conquer the Moon and Mars after taking office in 2017.

Indeed, some NASA space missions have ended in catastrophe.

Under a giant Saturn V replica, 900 people dined with former astronauts and von Braun's children.

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