Daily Archives: July 11, 2012

40 Years after Apollo 11: July 11, part 2

I wrote a series of posts about Apollo 11 on the 40th anniversary of the mission back in 2009. It’s a cool story. So here it is again, day by day, using only pictures I could confirm were taken on the day in question…

Originally written on July 11th, 2009…

The rocket is ready. 363 feet tall. The little white part right above the silver part is the command module, where the astronauts will be spending some quality time. The silver part is the service module that contains oxygen for the crew and a small rocket that will be used to get the crew back from lunar orbit. The panels right below the silver part enclose and protect the lunar module.

At the very top is the emergency escape tower. If something were to happen to the rocket at or soon after launch, the escape tower would fire and blast the command module (and astronauts) up and away to safety.

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40 Years after Apollo 11: July 11, part 1

I wrote a series of posts about Apollo 11 on the 40th anniversary of the mission back in 2009. It’s a cool story. So here it is again, day by day, using only pictures I could confirm were taken on the day in question…

Originally written on July 11th, 2009…

Here are Neil and Buzz in the Lunar Module flight simulator at the Cape. They kept practicing, simulating the landing, until just a couple of days before launch. They also tried to simulate every sort of emergency or glitch that could pop up. There was one that was almost missed… but we’ll get to that on July 20, landing day…

Neil and Buzz in the simulator

Neil and Buzz in the simulator

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