On July 16, 1969, an event that captivated the world. Apollo 11 launched the first mission that landed humans on the moon.
Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission of NASA‘s Apollo program. The mission’s success effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by the late US President John F. Kennedy in a speech before the United States Congress, “before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”
“Some derided the dream as lunacy. Others viewed it as just another strategic move in the Cold War chess match between the United States and the Soviet Union.” – CNN
The Saturn V rocket lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin at 9:32 am EDT. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCp2jTtay0w&w=420&h=315] – video from USA Today 2009