Famous astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who is now on Twitter, posted photos and videos of his history-making venture into space on Apollo 11 with his fellow crew members Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins.
Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969 and was the first spaceflight that landed human beings on the Moon. On July 20th, 47 years ago, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon at 20:18 UTC.
Armstrong was the first man to step foot onto the lunar surface. On July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC, Aldrin joined him. They spent a little over two hours outside the spacecraft and collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material to bring back to NASA on Earth. Michael Collins piloted the Command Module, Columbia, in lunar orbit while they walked on the Moon’s surface.
Armstrong and Aldrin were able to walk and spend roughly one day together on the lunar surface before getting back on Columbia.
A view of Earth from the Moon’s surface:
Me Here.....That day I was GLUED to the TV to watch this history. Back in December, 1968, I was at the Cape to watch the launch of Apollo 8. WOW! A dream come true for me. I was in love with the space program since the start. I followed every launch and mission. Each was an ever bolder step into the unknown. Each built on what had been learned and then go farther.
Ten years ago I got to meet the Commander of Apollo 15.
With Barry, we have gone from going to space on our own spacecraft to begging for rides to the ISS on Russian rockets. From the moon to the bathroom.