The Flight of Apollo 11 – Space Documentary

contact light okay engine stop a day at a decent hour gobos auto-peep in its grant over write-off if your arm off 13 or then we copy you down eagle with the glory base here the eagle airplanes and rockets winged tranquility we copy on the ground you got a bunch of guys about to turn blue we’re breathing again thanks a lot and we’re getting a picture on the TV there’s a great view of contrasted and currently it’s upside-down on our monitor but we can make up for amount of detail there we can see you coming down the ladder now Sunday July 20th 1969 around the world nearly a billion people watched this moment on television as the first land from Earth prepared to set foot upon them there at the foot of the ladder the lamp footpads are only depressed in the surface about one or two inches although the surface appears to be very very fine-grained there you can get close to it almost like a powder mound there is three five and they’re simple off the lam now at one all fit for an odd I approve and I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth all that we have accomplished in space all the way they’re accomplishing days a year Scott we stand ready to share all the benefit of all mankind as we explore the reaches of space let us go to the new world together not as new world to be conquered but as a new adventure to be shared since the earliest time man has imagined this moment the moment when his fellow man would make the first journey to the moon now the time had come in the sixth decade of the 20th century the ancient dream was to become a reality the flight of Apollo 11 was the culmination of many years of planning working building and testing thousands of people had contributed toward this day of accomplishment the great Saturn 5 rocket and the complex Apollo spacecraft had been assembled together and moved to the launch pad the equipment and techniques and personnel had been proved in earlier missions and now they were ready the astronauts chosen for this mission had flown it many times in ground-based simulators they had all been in space people they had trained carefully and well and now they too were ready astronaut Michael Collins would pilot the Apollo command module astronaut Edwin Aldrin jr. would pilot the lunar module and astronaut Neil Armstrong would serve as mission commander Armstrong would be the first man to step upon the moon July 16th the day had come the moon awaited the men rose early ate breakfast and dressed in their spaces other astronauts have made this journey to the launch pad but never with such anticipation 9:32 a.m. July 16th three hours later the Apollo command module moves forward to extract the

lunar module from the third stage of the launch vehicle both are moving at more than 17,000 miles an hour docked together they will sail at quarter-million miles across the sea of space and into orbit around the Earth’s nearest neighbor well Graham I can only understand if you are dock during the three-day journey to the moon the astronauts kept busy checklists navigation and observation housekeeping they must work in a weightless environment keeping their spacecraft and themselves in good condition data must be collected and reported experiments must be performed including photography both inside and outside the spacecraft because of the film speed these actions appear faster than they actually were July 19 Apollo 11 slows down and goes into orbit around the moon the bright blue planet of Earth now lies 238,000 miles beyond the lunar horizon astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin now in the lunar module separate from the command module master knot Collins remains behind preparation for the lunar module descent to the moon now begins the command module assumes the new name Columbia the lunar module will be called the Eagle from Columbia Michael Collins camera sees bright rays of the Sun reflecting patterns of color from the surface of the Eagle in this strange metallic bird rides the ancient and endless dream of all mankind the command pilot can see detail which is camera cannot record the four landing pads of the lunar module are fully extended and locked in place the Eagle is poised and prepared for its descent to the lunar surface the moon landing craft rocket engine fires to slow it down and to place it on the pathway to the landing site in the Sea of Tranquility there is tension and caution as the eagle flies lower warning lights bleak on as the computer tries to keep up with the demand for control data but the status remains go ito we got you now looking good over Roger copy eagle just enough to go around angle s van pitch – Niner yall +18 like it here and go to go to continue powered descent

you’re a go to contain guitar defense altitude now 21,000 feet still looking very good velocity down now to 1,200 feet per second looking great bagel it at the reading on the 1202 program alarm like it we got you we’re going at alarm good radar data we’re now in the approach phase everything looking good altitude 4200 thing you’re go for landing over I grab and go for landing 3,000 feet shy of our altitude 16 out of 1,400 feet still looking very good 700 feet 21 down 33 degrees under feet down of 1901 1201 Roger 1201 alarms we’re go thank tyke we’re go altitude velocity light and down to 20 feet 15 forward on the forward coming down 9 3 200 feet or and a half down 5 and amp 60 seconds e ice on down to a nap forward forward have putting feet down to an app icon some that or forward or forward drifting to the right a little contact light okay engine stop we got to get down ego and glory days here an ankle implanted through the window of the eagle armstrong and aldrin see what no human eyes have ever seen before their spacecraft casts a long shadow across the undisturbed dust of centuries seven hours after landing after careful preparations for later as sent were completed Armstrong opens the Eagle hatch he begins his climb down to the surface the first footsteps on this strange new world must be taken cautiously the moon has only 1/6 the gravity of Earth the nature of its surface was still unknown and their support level at one all fit for an or impermeable once on the surface Armstrong scoops up a small sample of lunar dust and rock precaution against the possibility of an emergency takeoff according to plan astronaut Aldrin now descends from the Eagle he and his equipment would weigh 383 pounds on earth here they weigh about 66 pounds Oh for a brief moment the first men on the moon stand and looked at the stock lonely landscape around them an experience which no one before them can share but there is much to be done in a limited time which they can stay on this

airless cloudless satellite of Earth this sheet of metal foil traps and holds particles from the Sun the so called solar wind or barrage of solar energy which constantly strikes the moon’s surface results of this experiment will be taken back to earth to reveal new secrets too anxious scientists an American flag is left behind on the moon together with medals honoring American and Soviet space men who lost their lives in earlier space tests and a small disc carrying messages of goodwill from 73 nations on earth a plaque on the lunar module reads here of men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969 ad we came in peace for all mankind who especially made television camera viewers and many nations on earth were able to watch the astronauts as they walked and worked on the moon despite the bulky space suits and the backpacks containing oxygen temperature control and communications equipment the Apollo 11 crew found they could move easily about the surface because there is no wind or rain on the moon these footprints will remain for centuries in addition to collecting rock and soil samples the Explorers leave behind a seismometer this highly sensitive device would send back valuable information on external meteoroid impacts as well as internal lunar movements whoo Oh a 100 prism laser reflector would help man to measure the exact distance from Earth to moon to an accuracy of 6 inches these were the first of many experiments which will be taken to the moon to provide man continuing an increasing knowledge about the moon and the vastness of space beyond after 2 hours and 31 minutes the first lunar explorers had completed their research on the moon a night of rest in the lunar module countdown preparations and they were ready to come home tranquility base uses guidance recommendation is things and you’re cleared for takeoff Roger on earth handler I’ll go on under online Ellen our work stage person on earth beautiful very crew very quiet ride there’s that much play around there thousand feet high 80 people per second political rise Eagle utha now you’re looking good at two pings legs and lift and all great oh my god you have one he really has gone right down the track everything is great horizontal velocity approaching 2,500 feet per second Roger some 120 miles to go until insertion July 21st the eagle and its two-man crew lifted off the moon perfectly and climbed slowly to rendezvous and dock with the mothership Columbia while Armstrong and Aldrin explored the moon astronaut Collins had kept a long

and lonely vigil in the Columbia the approaching eagle was a welcome sight later the three men would share their reflections on this adventure with the world I believe that from the early states like he demonstrated a potential to carry out that type of emission and again is the question of time and pull it would be a conflict I think it’s the technical triumph for this country to have said what it was going to do a number of years ago then by golly do it the relative ease with which we were able to carry out our mission which of course came after a very efficient and illogical frequences like I think it was demonstrated that we were on the right track and we took the commitment to to go to the moon I could see it at the beginning of beginning of a new age once again the bright blue planet of Earth rises over the lunar horizon for those who had witnessed man’s landing in the Sea of Tranquility the moon would never again appear quite the same July 24 dawn in the Pacific apollo blazes across the heaviness coming back to earth at 25,000 miles an hour President Richard Nixon who had talked with the astronauts by telephone while they were on the moon was waiting aboard the recovery carrier to welcome the returning voyagers the president later expressed the nation’s response to this historic mission some way when those two Americans stepped on the moon the people of this world were brought closer together that it is that spirit the spirit of Apollo that America can now help to bring to our relations with other nations the spirit of Apollo transcends geographical barriers and political differences it can bring the people of the world together in peace to protect against any possible lunar contamination the astronauts put on airtight special garments before coming aboard the rescue ship

they transferred directly from the helicopter to a mobile quarantine ban in which they would be flown back to the manned spacecraft Center in Houston Texas July 27 the journey was ended they were home again I had laid three weeks of isolation medical tests and mission debriefings then visits to major cities of America and abroad the details of their unique mission would be relived and remembered so that others might learn what they had learned and that future travelers in space might build upon their experience the rock and soil samples brought back would be examined and analyzed by scientists in many lands they would reveal new insights into the origin and the age and the composition of the moon and perhaps new knowledge of the earth as well already experiments left on a moon were sending back revealing new information the mission was successfully completed the Eagle had landed the first men on the moon and Columbia had returned them safely to her wherever man journeys tomorrow across the ocean of our universe history will remind him that Apollo 11 was mankind’s first encounter with a new world you you and you you