On July 16th 1969, Apollo 11 launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, taking commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin and command module pilot Michael Collins on a mission for the history books – a mission to become the first humans to land on another celestial body.
The primary mission objective was to fulfill a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy on May 25th 1961, to perform a crewed lunar landing and return safely to Earth before the decade was out.
Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon on 20th July 1969, while Michael Collins remained aboard the command module in lunar orbit.
The two astronauts spent more than 21 hours on the lunar surface deploying scientific experiments and gathering samples before returning to the orbiting command module, piloted by Collins.
North Staffs TV has put together the following short video to celebrate 50 years since we landed on the moon. This video features the key part of President John F. Kennedy’s speech, the launch and the first steps on the moon.