“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
How many Cincinnatians recall that first walk on the moon? Young and old gathered for one of the most watched events in television history. One that people in Cincinnati, and the entire United States watched in amazement. That mission to land a man on the moon blasted into outer space on July 16, 1969, as millions of people watched in person from Cape Kennedy and countless others in the United States and the world.
Four days later the Apollo 11 team was successful in getting two of our astronauts on the moon. That was 41-years-ago with Commander Neil Armstrong, lunar pilot Buzz Aldrin and command module pilot, Michael Collins.
While Collins circled the moon in orbit, Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20th their lunar module landed safely but had ran out of gas. Then on July 21, 1969, Armstrong stepped out of the lunar module onto the moon, making history for the United States and all mankind. Aldrin followed behind him and together they walked on the moon and planted an American flag declaring victory on their mission.
Tension was high as there were some technical difficulties, alarms sounding, radio transmission muffled and crackling, but otherwise the famous landing was uneventful. The fight to put the first man on the moon, between Russia and the United States, was finally over; the United States earned bragging rights for being the first country to have a man walk on the moon.
If you are interested in reading more about the first landing on the moon or about our first astronauts then read some of these books posted.
1. James R. Hansen, The Life of Neil A. Armstrong – this book is an authorized autobiography of Armstrong’s life as an astronaut.
2. Michael Collins, Carrying the Fire: an Astronauts Journey– A self-biography of one of the pilots involved and considered one of the best books written about an astronaut.
3. Buzz Aldrin and Ken Abraham, Magnificent Desolation – The Long Journey Home from the Moon.
Video of Buzz Aldrin and the moon landing, courtesy of History.com.
Resources: History, Book listing.
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