Government IT: Apollo 11: From the Earth to the Moon and into History
Apollo 11: From the Earth to the Moon and into History
1961: Behind in the Space Race, JFK Sets Goal of Men on the MoonOn May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the moon before the end of the decade.
For nine days in July 1969, world attention was riveted on three American NASA astronauts - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Jr., and Michael Collins - and their Apollo 11 mission to become the first humans to walk on the moon. On July 20, 1969, the mission was accomplished with first Armstrong and then Aldrin descending from the Lunar Module Eagle to the dusty surface of the moon while Collins orbited above them in the Command Module Columbia. Forty years later, their mission still stands as a singular achievement in world history. eWEEK looks back at the historic Apollo 11 mission 40 years later.