Apollo 11 (2019) Movie Script

Okay, are there any changes
to the schedule?
Line item 7,
which is shown for all day,
all of first shift Tuesday.
The tank pressurization test
will not start until 13:00.
When do you want to run
the leak check?
First shift Tuesday.
Arnie, you gonna extend
that time out for five hours
by cutting it off in
the front end of that...
LH2 storage tank pressurization?
It's 3 hours and 32 minutes
until man begins the greatest
adventure in his history.
If all goes well,
Apollo 11 astronauts
Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins
are to lift off
from Pad 39A out there
on the voyage
man always has dreamed about.
So it is now, before they go,
as their gleaming vehicle sits
poised and peaceful out there,
that there is time... if only
briefly in this busy morning...
to think of those three men,
and the burdens and the hopes
that they carry
on behalf of all mankind.
And boring through the vastness,
the blackness,
and the cold of space,
they'll carry the pledge
made eight years ago
by President Kennedy.
To put a man on the moon
and bring him back safely
in this decade.
Each segment of the mission,
every individual piece,
has to be completed perfectly
in order for the next step
to be possible.
And of course the nation itself
is backing us
so we just sincerely hope
that we measure up to that.
The whole Apollo program
was designed
to get two Americans
to the lunar surface
and back again to Earth safely.
The enormity of this event
is something that only history
will be able to judge.
Apollo 11 has very simply
been given the mission
of carrying men to the moon,
landing them there,
and bringing them safely back.
For in addition to the mission
the three astronauts
will perform,
and the experiments
they'll undertake,
these men will carry with them
many other things,
many things that are not nearly
so easy to describe.
During the planned
Apollo 11 journey,
we'll be concerned
with such things
as mid-course corrections
and dockings.
The astronauts of course will be
concerned with very much more.
The flight of Apollo 11
is to be the culmination
of a national effort
and the most difficult, most
dangerous mission ever attempted
since this country,
and the Russians,
started sending men into space.
38-year-old civilian
Neil Alden Armstrong
is to become the first
human being to touch the moon.
Aldrin will follow
just 20 minutes later,
but Armstrong
will take that first step.
The mission of Apollo 11,
a journey certainly
for the history books,
a beginning of
man's greatest adventure,
leaving this planet
to set foot on the moon.
- CBTS Apollo.
- Go ahead.
Verify Go/No Go for start
automatic launch sequence.
Verify Go.
- CBTS copy.
- 561 verify.
spacecraft ready switch on.
Switch is on.
Verify light.
Roger, 562 verify.
All stations standby to give
a crew departure status
at this time.
CBTS to CTSS 111.
- Go.
- DNS.
- Go.
- STS.
- Go.
- FTS.
- Go.
- RTS.
- Go.
- 8.
- 8 Go.
- OK, BSC.
- Go.
Verify elevator number one
at A level,
elevator number two
at 320 level.
Level as two and then 320 level.
All right.
214. Roger, you're go
for crew departure.
Start ETP to 14.
Roger, you're go
for crew departure.
Affirmative (indistinct) go.
The dawn of this day heralded
the dawning of a new age.
It's a time of exhilaration,
reflection, hope, fulfillment,
as a centuries old dream
starts toward reality.
This is Apollo Saturn
Launch Control.
T minus three hours,
four minutes, 32 seconds
and counting.
Right on time as far as
the astronaut countdown
is concerned,
the prime crew now departing
from their crew quarters
here at
the Kennedy Space Center.
Astronauts Neil Armstrong,
Buzz Aldrin,
and then finally Mike Collins,
plus their suit technicians
and director of flight crew
operations Deke Slayton
now boarding the transfer van
for the trip to the launch pad.
The trip in the transfer van
should take some 15 minutes
or so to reach the pad,
at which time the astronauts
will board
the first of two elevators
for the trip to the 320 foot
level at the launch pad,
where they will then proceed
to ingress the spacecraft.
We logged the departure from
the building at about 6:27 a.m.
Eastern Daylight Time.
The transfer van now departing
from the Manned Spacecraft
Operations Building
at the Kennedy Space Center
on the start of its eight mile
trip to Launch Pad A
here at complex 39 where
the Saturn V launch vehicle,
now fully loaded
with propellants,
going through
preliminary checkouts.
This is launch control.
Pat, 10,000 odd cars,
we estimated, were parked
around the gate 1 area
at 4 a.m. when we got here.
Cars every space here.
Little kids staring wide-eyed
at the Saturn v
glowing in the huge neon
spotlight 15 miles away.
And we saw teenagers
with telescopes.
It was the very same road we
came over eight long years ago,
21 manned space flights ago.
We came out
at just about the same hour
to cover Alan Shepard's 15...
This is Apollo Saturn
Launch Control.
T minus 2 hours, 45 minutes,
55 seconds and counting.
As the prime crew for Apollo 11,
astronauts Neil Armstrong,
Michael Collins,
and Edwin Aldrin are on the
terminal part of their trip
to the launch pad,
in the transfer van,
it's now making the curve
toward the pad.
We have discovered a problem
at the launch pad itself
as the crew is about to arrive.
We have a leak in a valve
located in a system
associated with
replenishing liquid hydrogen
for the third stage of
the Saturn V launch vehicle.
We have sent a team of three
technicians and a safety man
to the pad
and these technicians
are now tightening bolts
around the valve.
- CLTC, this is CLTS.
- Go ahead.
We have a leak on
the S-IVB N valve.
We have it in
the override closed position
to see if it'll get better.
It seems to be getting worse.
Roger, which camera is that
available on?
It's on camera 18.
Camera 18, you can see the men
working on the hydrogen leak.
Once the technicians depart
we will send hydrogen again
through this system
to assure that the leak
has been corrected.
The astronauts now coming up
toward the pad itself
as the crew of
several technicians
at the 200 foot level
proceed to tighten some bolts
around a leaking valve.
The astronaut team which has
just arrived at the pad,
the transfer van now backing up
toward the elevator.
In a matter of 5 minutes or so,
we'll be ready
for the spacecraft commander
Neil Armstrong
to come across the sill
at the 320 foot level.
That is our status at 2 hours,
43 minutes,
47 seconds and counting.
This is Launch Control.
- MSTC, CBTS 111.
- Go ahead.
Astros proceeding to 320.
we'll get the camera.
Okay, Gnter, you can hit
the switch on the camera.
LOAM, this is A2. IAS.
camera has been activated.
the swing arm camera is on.
CBTS copies.
MSTC, the crew is approaching
the (indistinct).
Okay, babe.
This is Apollo Saturn
Launch Control,
we've just passed the two hour
21 minute mark in our countdown
and we are proceeding
at this time.
At the 320 foot level,
all three astronauts
now aboard the spacecraft.
Just a few minutes ago,
astronaut Buzz Aldrin came in
and took the center seat to join
Neil Armstrong on the left
and Mike Collins on the right.
These are the positions
they will fly at liftoff.
120 feet down, the work
continues on a leaky valve
at the 200 foot level, the
technicians still hard at work
tightening bolts around
that valve at this time.
How do you read?
STC, loud and clear.
Good morning, Neil.
Good morning.
Welcome aboard.
How do you read?
Loud and clear.
Good morning, Buzz.
Good morning.
How are you gentlemen?
Just fine, thank you.
Let me make a last check here.
are you ready for hatch close?
Any adjustment on your straps?
LMP's happy.
Roger. Okay, good luck.
Thank you, Gnter.
See you around, Gnter.
All right, pad leader,
let's proceed.
Roger, we're proceeding
with closing the hatch.
- Roger.
- Sequence 441,
the CM hatch is closed.
The hatch is closed
and we're beginning
to purge the cabin
to bring it to the proper
atmosphere for launch,
which is a combination
of oxygen and nitrogen,
60% oxygen and 40% nitrogen
Of course
the astronauts themselves
are breathing pure oxygen
through their space suits.
Coming up shortly
will be another key test
in which both the launch crew
for the launch vehicle crew
and the spacecraft team
combine together with
commander Neil Armstrong
to make a thorough check of
the emergency detection system.
This is the system that
will signal the astronauts
in the cabin if anything
goes wrong below them.
We used a ground based computer
to accomplish this test.
It will take some 30 minutes.
Neil Armstrong will be doing
most of the work
in the spacecraft,
responding as different
cue lights signify
different difficulties
presented to him.
Our countdown continuing,
this is Kennedy Launch Control.
NASA officials.
5,000 guests in all,
including 400 congressmen and
members of the Supreme Court,
the Presidential Cabinet.
The NASA official who escorted
us over to this site today
has called it a Roman circus.
We all know that NASA
has an agreement
with over 60 countries...
T minus 61 minutes
on the Apollo 11 countdown
and all elements are go
at this time.
Here in the firing room,
the launch vehicle test team
still keeping a close eye
on the status of the propellants
the Saturn V launch vehicle.
This problem with
the leaking valve
is no problem at this time.
We've actually bypassed
the valve,
but we are maintaining
our hydrogen supply
aboard the vehicle.
That big swing arm that has been
attached to the spacecraft
up to now
will be moved back now.
In 5 seconds, the swing arm
will come back.
CBTS, this is CSA 9,
arm 9 is retracted.
CBTS copy.
Countdown still proceeding
satisfactorily at this time.
T minus 30 minutes,
52 seconds and counting;
aiming toward our
planned liftoff time
of 32 minutes past the hour,
the start of
our launch window,
some final checks of
the destruct system
of the three stages of
the Saturn V launch vehicle.
In the event,
during powered flight
that the vehicle strayed
rather violently off course,
the range safety officer
could take action to destroy
the vehicle,
which obviously would occur
after the astronauts
were separated by their escape
tower from the faulty vehicle.
We've just got by an important
test with the launch vehicle,
checking out the various
batteries in the three stages
and Instrument Unit
of the Saturn V.
We remain on external power
through most of the count
to preserve those batteries
which must be used during
the powered flight.
We've just taken a look at them
by going internal
and then switching back
to external again.
The batteries all look good.
The next time we go internal
will be at the 50 second mark
with those batteries and they
will remain, of course,
on internal power
during the flight.
14 minutes, 30 seconds
and counting.
All still going well with
the countdown at this time.
For status report,
we'll now switch
to Mission Control Houston.
This is Apollo Mission Control.
Flight Director Cliff
Charlesworth's team
is on station here
in the Mission Operations
Control Room,
ready to assume the control of
this flight at tower clearance.
All flight controllers,
coming up on auto sequence.
- BOOSTER, how you?
- We're go, Flight.
- Go, Flight.
- GNC?
- Go, Flight.
- Go, Flight.
- Go.
NETWORK, got it there?
That's affirmative, Flight.
Mission director, CBTS 111,
- verify go for launch.
- Go for launch.
We passed the 6 minute mark
in our countdown for Apollo 11.
Now 5 minutes,
52 seconds and counting.
CTSF, verify go for launch.
CTSF verify go for launch.
CTSC, verify go for launch.
CTSC verify go for launch.
SRO, verify go for launch.
SRO verify go for launch.
LM, verify go for launch.
LM go for launch.
everybody go for launch?
Flight, go for launch.
CBTS copies.
We have some
7.6 million pounds of thrust
pushing the vehicle upward.
A vehicle that weighs close to
six and a half million pounds.
This is Apollo Saturn
Launch Control,
T minus one minute, 35 seconds
on the Apollo mission,
the flight to land
the first men on the moon.
Apollo 11, this is
Launch Operations Manager,
the launch team wishes you
good luck and god speed.
It sure has been
a nice, smooth countdown.
Thank you, babe.
T minus 60 seconds and counting.
We passed T minus 60...
55 seconds and counting.
Neil Armstrong
just reported back
it's been
a real smooth countdown.
We passed
the 50 second mark.
Power transfer is complete.
On internal power with
the launch vehicle at this time.
40 seconds away from
the Apollo 11 liftoff.
All the second stage tanks
now pressurized.
35 seconds and counting...
We are still go with Apollo 11.
- 30 seconds.
- 30 seconds and counting.
Astronauts report it feels good.
T minus 25 seconds.
20 seconds and counting.
T minus 15 seconds,
guidance is internal.
12, 11, 10, 9.
Ignition sequence starts.
We have a liftoff.
32 minutes past the hour,
liftoff of Apollo 11.
Clear the tower.
Tower clear!
Roger, we got a roll program.
Neil Armstrong reporting
their roll and pitch program
which puts Apollo 11
on a proper heading.
One bravo.
One bravo is
a abort control mode...
Altitude's two miles.
Apollo 11, you're good
at one minute.
We're through the region of
maximum dynamic pressure now.
Yeah, everything
looks good here.
11, Houston.
Your guidance is converged,
you're looking good.
We're 1350 at the start, Bob.
8 miles downrange,
12 miles high.
Velocity is 4,000
feet per second.
Standby for Mode One Charlie.
Standby for Mode One Charlie.
- Mark.
- Mark, Mode One Charlie.
- Staging... BOOSTER.
- Go.
- Go.
- Go.
Good for staging, CAPCOM.
Cliff Charlesworth
taking a staging status.
Apollo 11 to Houston,
you are go for staging.
CAPCOM Bruce McCandless
giving the reports
here from the control center.
Staging... and ignition.
Cutoff, ignition.
- Thrust is go all engines.
- Looks good.
11, Houston,
thrust is go all engines,
you're looking good.
We've got skirt sep.
- Roger, we confirm skirt sep.
- Roger.
Tower's gone.
- Roger.
- Tower's gone.
Neil Armstrong confirming
both the engine skirt separation
and the launch
escape tower separation.
Downrange 270 miles,
altitude 82 miles.
Standby for S-IVB
to COI capability.
- Okay.
- Mark.
Mark, S-IVB
to COI capability.
Houston, be advised,
the visual is go today.
This is Houston, roger that.
Altitude is 100 miles,
downrange 883 miles.
Outboard engine cutoff.
And ignition.
Ignition confirmed,
thrust is go, 11.
And we have
a good third stage now.
Velocity 23,128
feet per second.
Downrange 1000 miles,
altitude 101 miles.
Apollo 11, this Houston,
at 10 minutes you are go.
And Roger 11.
FLIGHT, FIDO, we are go.
- Confirmed go.
- Apollo 11, this is Houston,
you are confirmed go
for orbit.
We have a report
on the launch heart rates now
from the flight surgeon.
Commander Neil Armstrong, 110;
Command Module Pilot Mike
Collins, 99;
Lunar Module Pilot
Buzz Aldrin, 88.
FLIGHT, FIDO, we'll have
some radar in shortly.
Flight dynamics officer
Dave Reed
will report a refined orbit
after more radar tracking.
Apollo 11,
this is Houston,
the booster has been configured
for orbital coast,
both spacecrafts
are looking good, over.
You want some of these lights
down further, Mark?
Don't worry about it
for the time being,
I'm potting around with
handholds right now, Neil.
Apollo 11, this is Houston,
through Tananarive, over.
Hello, Houston, Apollo 11.
- Go ahead.
- For your information,
Canary radar shows you
in a 103.0 by 103.0 orbit.
You'll be AOS
at Goldstone at 1:29:02,
LOS at Goldstone,
1:33:55, over.
This is Apollo Control
at 1 hour 51 minutes.
Moving across the Atlantic now
towards Africa.
And on the next revolution,
the spacecraft
will be accelerating
to the required speed
to get it into an orbit
that'll intercept the moon
during the trans-lunar
injection maneuver,
the burn with
the Saturn third stage
that will place
the spacecraft
on its trajectory
toward the moon.
Go/No Go for TLI.
- Go, Flight.
- GNC.
- We're go, Flight.
- We're go, Flight.
- We're go, Flight.
- Go, Flight.
- Apollo 11,
this is Houston,
you are go for TLI.
Apollo 11, thank you.
We just got telemetry
back on here, BOOSTER,
and everything is go.
Roger, everything
looks good here.
We're showing
present altitude
about 108 nautical miles.
We expect to be at an altitude
of 177 nautical miles at cutoff.
We're just coming in
to the terminator here.
We have ignition, Flight.
We're go.
Thrust is go.
We confirm ignition
and the thrust is go.
GUIDANCE initiate (indistinct).
FIDO, radar confirms ignition.
and guidance look good
and the stage is good, over.
Roger, Apollo 11 is go.
Telemetry and radar
tracking are both solid.
- Cut-off.
- Roger.
We show cut-off and we copy
the numbers on noun 62.
Houston, Apollo 11,
that Saturn gave us
a magnificent ride.
Roger, 11,
it certainly looks like
you're well on your way now.
That was Neil Armstrong
praising the launch vehicle.
- GO.
We finally got
some radar data back.
Looks good.
We had a good burn...
we've got a good flight
to the moon coming up.
FLIGHT CAPCOM, you want me
to pass up those times?
- That's affirm.
- Okay.
Apollo 11, this is Houston.
For your information,
we expect the maneuver
to separation attitude
to begin at 3 plus 05 plus 03.
The crew at this time
pressing ahead
with their transposition
and docking maneuver.
The spacecraft,
after having separated
the Saturn third stage,
turning around,
docking with
the lunar module,
extracting the lunar module
from the Saturn third stage,
and pushing ahead
en route to the moon.
A little bit to our right.
Okay, I see him.
We need about 5-degree right,
we need to stop our...
He's pretty far away.
How long do we want
to run this film?
How does he look, Mike?
Okay, you got a 100.4.
It's a very weak signal.
We believe
that Mike Collins
is now maneuvering
the spacecraft.
The antenna patterns
aren't too good at the moment.
Apollo 11, this is Houston
broadcasting in the blind,
request Omni Bravo
if you read us.
The whole LM quivers
every so often.
The whole surface of it,
you know, shakes like that.
- Really?
- Just in one spot;
it's not being hit...
Standby, we're close.
Houston, Apollo 11,
all 12 latches are locked.
Buzz Aldrin reporting
that all 12 of the latches
in the docking mechanism
have locked.
Houston, we're ready
for LM ejection.
We are sep'd,
we have a cryo press light.
Houston, Apollo 11,
we've completed our maneuver.
Houston, roger out.
This is Apollo Control
at 6 hours, 16 minutes
into the mission.
Velocity now
11,479 feet per second.
Apollo 11's distance
from Earth,
27,938 nautical miles.
CAPCOM is now Charlie Duke
and Gene Kranz
and his white team
of flight controllers
is preparing to take over
the responsibility
from Cliff Charlesworth's
The PTC has started now,
it looks good to us,
and we'll be ready to copy
in a minute or two.
Roger, Mike,
we see it increasing now.
The spacecraft
will be placed
in the passive
thermal control mode,
will be rotated
about its X-axis
at a rate of about
3 revolutions per hour
to maintain
proper temperature balance
within the spacecraft.
you might be interested
that out my left hand window
right now,
I can observe the entire
continent of North America,
down to the Yucatan Peninsula,
Cuba, and then
I run out of window.
I didn't know
what I was looking at,
but I sure did like it.
I didn't have much
outside my window.
Apollo 11, Houston.
We'd like
a crew status report.
We're about
to tell you goodnight, over.
Status report is as follows:
Radiation-CDR 1102,
CMP 10002,
LMP 09003,
Negative medications,
fit as a fiddle, over.
Copy 11, thank you much.
You're cleared
for some Zs, over.
Okay, maybe we'll
get around to lunch.
Morning, Houston, Apollo 11.
Roger, Apollo 11, good morning.
Goldstone reports
they're receiving TV
from the spacecraft.
Calling in from
about 130,000 miles out.
Hello there, sports fans,
you got a little bit of me,
plus Neil's
on the center couch
and Buzz is doing
the camera work.
And Neil's standing
on his head again,
he's trying
to make me nervous.
Roger, copy, and we see
the DSKY flashing with a 651.
We do have a happy home,
there's plenty of room
for the three of us.
Apollo 11 is presently 131,000
nautical miles from Earth.
The spacecraft slowly rotates
to maintain thermal balance.
It looks like we got
a good PTC going.
It's good night
from the white team, over.
Okay, see you tomorrow,
thank you for everything.
Good morning, Apollo 11.
Good morning, Houston.
Apollo 11.
Yeah, I've got the world
in my window for a change.
Sounds like one of these
rotating restaurants.
Okay, all flight controllers,
let's get handed over
pretty quickly
to the white team here.
We're going to be crawling
into the LM shortly,
we're terminating PTC.
we're receiving live TV.
Interior view
of the command module
looking up into
the LM hatch area.
Okay, it's moved now,
coming down.
Yeah, we're about
to open the hatch now.
Buzz Aldrin has apparently
carried the camera
into the LM with him.
The vehicle
is surprisingly very clean.
Just a moment ago,
we had a good shot of your PLSS,
Buzz, and the two helmet
stowage bags,
and now behind
we have the DSKY and the ACA.
That's about the position
we'll be putting the camera in
after the initial descent
down the ladder.
It will be taking
one frame a second.
Hello there, earthlings.
Hello there.
the most unusual position
a cameraman's ever had,
hanging by his toes
from a tunnel
and taking a picture
upside down.
We're going to go ahead
and take all the loose data
on back into the
command module, Charlie.
And we're going to turn
our TV monitor off now
while we have some other work
to do, Apollo 11,
signing off.
Apollo 11, Houston.
As the sun sinks
slowly in the west,
the white team
bids you good night.
You earned your pay
today, Charlie.
All right, goodnight all.
...the government
has succeeded
in harnessing the resources
of the government,
the scientific community,
the universities...
Now let's take a few minutes
to review
what else has been going on
around the world
while Apollo 11
has held our attention.
The lull in the ground fighting
in Vietnam
is now in its fifth week
with only one incident
reported from the battle field
so far today,
and that one described as minor.
Police Chief Dominick Arena,
who filed a formal complaint
Senator Edward Kennedy
with leaving the scene
of the accident
that took the life
of Mary Jo Kopechne,
a passenger
in the senator's car.
Kennedy, who suffered
a slight concussion
in the accident
remains in seclusion
near the family compound
at Hyannis Port.
Go ahead.
You hear about that story
about Ted Kennedy?
Did y'all hear about that?
That was the biggest story
on the news.
Yeah, yeah, they'd
forgotten about Apollo
for Ted Kennedy.
GNC, this is CAPCOM on MOCR 1.
Go ahead.
Have your people
plotted pressure
in that bottle versus time,
so we could take
a look at it?
I don't think
they've got it yet,
they're testing work, CAPCOM.
Okay, how about giving me a call
when that comes up,
we'd like to take a look at it
on one of the screens.
Morning again, Houston.
Apollo 11.
Roger, 11, good morning.
Your systems are looking good
from down here.
Yeah, looks good
up here too, Bruce.
Deke Slayton, director
of flight crew operations
and two members
of the backup crew,
Bill Anders, Jim Lovell
have joined Bruce McCandless
at the CAPCOM console.
Apollo 11,
this is Houston, over.
Roger, go ahead, Houston.
Apollo 11.
11, this is Houston.
If Mike has a mask,
he's lost respiration rates
on the biomed telemetry.
Well, he was shaving
a little bit ago.
He might have...
Okay, Mike, we had
a request that you check
the two electrodes
that are placed
one on each side of your
lower rib cage, over.
All those wires and things
look normal up here.
Roger, Mike, we can see
variations on our trace
as you connected
and disconnected,
but the medics
still don't have a signal.
I promise to let you know
if I stop breathing.
Coming up in less
than 10 seconds now,
we'll be crossing into
the sphere of influence
of the moon
at this point
as the moon's
gravitational force
becomes the dominant effect
on the spacecraft trajectory
and our displays
will shift
from Earth reference
to moon reference.
The spacecraft
was at a distance
of 186,437 nautical miles
from Earth
and 33,822 nautical miles
from the moon.
All spacecraft systems
are functioning normally,
the mission
going very smoothly.
View of the moon that we've been
having's really spectacular.
The sun right behind
the edge of the moon now.
The solar corona.
The sky is lit all the way
around the moon,
quite an eerie sight.
There's a very marked
three dimensional aspect
of having the sun's corona
coming from behind the moon
the way it is.
It's a view worth
the price of the trip.
Mother Earth is 206,059
nautical miles behind.
Coming up on the lunar orbit
insertion burn,
in which the spacecraft
will start
its initial orbit
around the moon.
The maneuver will slow the
spacecraft down considerably
from its present velocity.
And it should
come from behind
the east face of the moon
33 minutes later.
Yeah, the moon is there, boy,
in all its splendor.
Hello, moon,
how's your old backside?
All your systems
are looking good,
going around the corner.
We'll see you
on the other side, over.
Loss of signal as Apollo 11
goes behind the moon.
Servo power 1 to AC1.
- 2 to AC 2.
- 2 to AC 2.
Translational control power on.
control power is on.
Hand controller
number 2 armed.
Signal hand controller
number 2 is armed.
Got B mode.
Burning, we're looking good.
- A.
- Here comes B... B,
I mean, thrust A mark.
Got them both?
Okay, now what's
your chamber pressure?
It's good.
It's 95.
PLUGS is oscillating around.
Okay, ball valves closed,
(indistinct) barber poles.
That was a beautiful burn.
God damn, I guess.
170 by 60.
Like gangbusters!
30 seconds from
acquisition time.
Well, I have to vote
with the 10 crew,
that thing is brown.
Sure is.
Looks tan to me.
But when I first saw it
at that other sun angle,
it really looked gray.
The more sun angle you get...
More brown with
increasing sun angle.
God, that's a big beauty.
Gigantic crater, look at
the mountain going around it.
My gosh, they're monsters.
That is a big mother
over here, too.
- Whoo!
- Get another picture
- of that big fella.
- Yeah.
Look at those craters in a row.
You see them right...
going right out there?
There it is,
it's coming up!
- What?
- The Earth.
- See it?
- Yeah.
Right over the LM.
Boy, does that ever look
beautiful in the sextant.
Apollo 11, Apollo 11,
this is Houston,
do you read?
Yeah, we sure do, Houston.
LOI 1 burn
just nominal as all get out
and everything
looking good!
It was like perfect.
Delta-Tig zero,
burn time 5:57...
60.9 by 169.9.
That burn report
was by Neil Armstrong.
Roger, we copy you.
The spacecraft is looking good
to us on telemetry.
Apollo 11
on its first lunar revolution.
You got a good view there, Neil?
Yeah, I sure do.
Boy, it's beautiful out there,
isn't it?
...TPI approach.
Man, this is really something,
you ought to look at this,
you want to watch our approach
into the landing site,
you got to watch it
right through this window.
We're coming over...
we just passed Mount Marilyn,
we're coming up
on the Maskelyne series here,
straight out ahead.
80 hours, 48 minutes now
into the flight
of Apollo 11.
Astronaut Charles Duke
has arrived on the scene.
- Hey, Dave?
- Yeah?
What put us
four minutes ahead?
We arrived at the moon
four minutes early.
Speaks well for the booster.
Well, no sh...
Ah, 11,
that really winds things up
as far as we're concerned
on the ground for the evening.
We're ready to go to bed
and get a little sleep, over.
Yeah, we're about to join you.
This is of course
the great day for mankind
when we leave
our Planet Earth
and set foot
on the moon.
So on this historic day,
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
are in their lunar module,
in their spacesuits.
On this next pass,
they are preparing to undock.
Both spacecraft looking
very good at this time.
The following revolution,
revolution 13,
Armstrong and Aldrin,
they will undock
from the Command
and Service Module,
from which point
the powered descent
to the lunar surface
will be initiated.
APOLLO 11, Houston,
we are go for undocking, over.
Roger, understand.
We're all set
when you are, Mike.
Okay, here you go.
See ya.
Looks like a good sep.
The Eagle's undocked.
The Eagle has wings.
Looking good.
There you go,
one minute till Tig.
You guys take care.
See you later.
Okay, all flight controllers.
Go/No Go for powered descent.
- Go.
- Go.
- Go.
- Go.
- Go.
- GNC.
- Go.
- Go.
- Surgeon.
- Go.
CAPCOM, we're go
for powered descent.
Eagle, Houston, if you read,
you're go for powered descent.
Descent armed.
Altitude light's on.
(indistinct) proceed.
One. Zero.
Ignition. Ten percent.
Eagle, we got you now.
It's looking good, over.
Okay, rate of descent
is looking good.
Eagle, Houston, everything's
looking good here, over.
Roger, copy.
Houston, we're getting
a little fluctuation
in the AC voltage now.
- It's okay, Flight.
- Stand by.
- It's okay.
- Looking good to us.
You're still looking good
at coming up on three minutes.
Okay, we went by
the three-minute point early.
We're long.
Our position checks downrange
show us to be a little long.
Roger, copy.
He thinks you're
a little bit long downrange.
That's right.
I think we confirmed that.
- We confirmed that.
- Rog.
Altitude rate looks
right down the groove.
Roger, about three seconds long.
Rolling over.
Okay, all flight controllers,
I'm going around the horn.
Okay, now watch
that signal strength.
Make your Go/No Gos based on the
data you had prior to LOS.
I see we got it back.
Give you another few seconds.
We're yawing, Flight.
- Okay, RETRO.
- Go.
- Go.
- Go.
- Go.
- Go.
- GNC.
- Go.
- Go.
- Surgeon.
- Go.
CAPCOM, we're go
to continue PDI.
Eagle, Houston, you are go.
The ED Batts are go
at four minutes.
Did you get that, TELCOM?
ED Batts are go.
You are go to continue
powered descent,
you are go to continue
powered descent.
And Eagle, Houston.
We had data dropout.
You're still looking good.
Looks good, Flight, looks good.
Houston, you're looking
at our Delta H.
Program alert.
It's a 1202.
1202 alarm.
- 1202.
- What's that?
1202 alarm.
It's executive overflow,
if it does not occur again,
we're fine.
It has not occurred again.
Okay, we're go, continue.
Give us a reading
on the 1202 program alarm.
We're go.
Roger, we got you,
we're go on that alarm.
Same alarm and it appears to
come up when we have a 16/68 up.
6 plus 25. Throttle down.
6 plus 25. Throttle down.
Throttle down on time.
You can feel it in here
when it throttles down.
Okay all flight controllers,
Go/No Go for landing.
- Go.
- Go.
- Go.
- Go.
- Go.
- GNC.
- Go.
- Go.
- Surgeon.
- Go.
CAPCOM, we're go for landing.
Houston, you're go for landing,
Roger, understand,
go for landing, 3,000 feet.
Program alarm.
- 1201.
- 1201.
- 1201 alarm.
- Same type, we're go, Flight.
We're go.
Pretty rocky area.
Attitude hold.
Okay, att hold.
100 feet,
three and a half down.
Think we better be quiet,
Okay, the only call-outs
from now on will be fuel.
Stand by for 60.
- 60.
- 60 seconds.
60 seconds.
Lights on.
60 feet down, two and a half.
Okay, 55 feet.
Okay, looks like
a good area here.
It's looking good,
down a half.
Two forward, forward.
Looks good.
Forty feet down,
two and a half.
Picking up some dust.
30 feet, two and a half down.
- 30.
- 30 seconds.
Four forward,
drifting to the right a little.
20 feet, down a half.
Drifting forward
just a little bit.
Contact light.
- Shutdown.
- Okay, engine stop.
ACA out of descent.
Out of descent. Auto.
Mode control both to auto.
Descent Engine Command Override,
Engine Arm, off.
413 is in.
The arm is off.
We copy you down, Eagle.
Houston, ah.
Tranquility base here.
The Eagle has landed.
Roger, Tranquility.
We copy you on the ground.
You got a bunch of guys
about to turn blue.
We're breathing again.
Thanks a lot.
Thank you.
Very smooth touchdown.
Houston, that may have seemed
like a very long final phase.
The auto targeting
was taking us
right into a football field
sized crater,
and it required us flying
manually over the rock field
to find
a reasonably good area.
Roger, we copy.
It was beautiful from here.
Be advised there are lots
of smiling faces in this room
and all over the world. Over.
We have some heart rates
for Neil Armstrong
during that powered descent
to the lunar surface.
At the time the burn
was initiated,
Armstrong's heart rate was 110.
At touchdown
on the lunar surface
he had a heart rate of 156,
and the heart rate
is now in the 90s.
We do not have biomedical data
on Buzz Aldrin.
The hatch is coming open.
Hatch reported coming open at
109 hours, 8 minutes, 5 seconds.
Okay, Houston, I'm on the porch.
Roger, Neil.
Okay, everything's nice
and straight in here.
Okay, can you pull the door open
a little more?
Houston, this is Neil,
radio check.
Neil, this is Houston,
loud and clear.
Break, break.
Buzz, this is Houston.
Radio check and verify
TV circuit breaker in.
Roger, TV circuit breaker's in.
And read you loud and clear.
And we're getting
a picture on the TV.
You got a good picture, huh?
There's a great deal
of contrast in it
and currently it's upside down
in our monitor
but we can make out
a fair amount of detail.
I'm at the foot of the ladder.
The LM footpads
are only depressed
in the surface
about one or two inches,
although the surface appears
to be very, very fine grained
as you get close to it,
it's almost like a powder.
Ground mass is very fine.
Okay, I'm going to step off
the LM now.
That's one small step for man.
One giant leap for mankind.
I only go in
a small fraction of an inch,
maybe an eighth of an inch,
but I can see the footprints
of my boots and the treads
in the fine, sandy particles.
Neil, this is Houston,
we're copying.
There seems to be no difficulty
in moving around
as we suspected.
It's even perhaps easier
than the simulations of 1/6th G
that we performed
in various simulations
on the ground.
Descent engine did not leave
a crater of any size,
it has about one foot clearance
on the ground.
I can see some evidence
of rays emanating
from the descent engine,
but a very
insignificant amount.
Roger, Neil, we're reading you
loud and clear.
We see you're getting
some pictures
and the contingency sample.
It's interesting.
It's a very soft surface
but here and there
where I plug
with the contingency sample
I run into very hard surface
but it appears to be
a very cohesive material
of the same sort.
I'll try to get a rock in here.
That looks beautiful
from here, Neil.
It has a stark beauty
all its own.
It's like much
of the high desert
of the United States.
It's different,
but it's very pretty out here.
That in the pocket?
Ah, yeah, push down.
Got it?
No, it's not all the way in.
Push it.
There you go.
Contingency sample
is in the pocket.
My oxygen is 81%.
I have no flags
and I'm in minimum flow.
Okay, I got the camera going
at one frame a second.
Ready for me to come out?
Yeah, just stand by a second,
I'll move this
over the handrail.
How far are my feet from the...
Okay, you're right
at the edge of the porch.
Okay, now I want to back up
and partially close the hatch...
making sure not to lock it
on my way out.
Particularly good thought.
That's our home
for the next couple hours.
We want to take good care of it.
You've got three more steps,
and then a long one.
Beautiful view.
Isn't that something?
Magnificent sight out here.
Magnificent desolation.
Okay, Houston, I'm going
to change lenses on you.
Roger, Neil.
We're getting a new picture,
you can tell it's
a longer focal length lens.
For those who haven't read
the plaque,
we'll read the plaque
that's on the front landing gear
of this LM:
Here men from the planet Earth
first set foot upon the moon.
July 1969 A.D.
We came in peace
for all mankind.
Neil Armstrong getting ready
to move the TV camera now
out to its panorama position.
I got plenty of cable.
You got plenty, plenty more.
Okay, that looks
good there, Neil.
One hour, seven minutes
time expended.
Buzz is erecting
the solar wind experiment now.
Some of these small
through the upper surface
of the soil
and about five or six inches
of bay
breaks loose and moves
as if it were caked
on the surface
when in fact it really isn't.
Houston, Columbia
on high gain, over.
Columbia, this is Houston,
reading you loud and clear,
Yeah, reading you loud
and clear. How's it going?
Roger, the EVA
is progressing beautifully.
They're setting up the flag now.
I guess you're about
the only person around
that doesn't have
TV coverage of the scene.
How is the quality of the TV?
Oh, it's beautiful, Mike,
it really is.
They've got the flag up now
and you can see
the stars and stripes
from the lunar surface.
Beautiful, just beautiful.
Ah, Neil and Buzz.
The President of the United
States is in his Office now
and would like to say
a few words to you, over.
That would be an honor.
Go ahead, Mr. President.
This is Houston out.
Hello, Neil and Buzz.
I'm talking to you by telephone
from the Oval Room
at the White House.
And this certainly has to be
the most historic telephone call
ever made from the White House.
I just can't tell you
how proud we all are
of what you have done.
For every American,
this has to be
the proudest day
of our lives.
And for people
all over the world,
because of what you have done,
the heavens have become
a part of man's world.
And as you talk to us
from the Sea of Tranquility,
it inspires us
to redouble our efforts
to bring peace
and tranquility to Earth.
For one priceless moment,
in the whole history of man,
all the people on this Earth
are truly one.
One in their pride
in what you have done;
and one in our prayers
that you will return safely
to Earth.
Thank you, Mr. President.
It's a great honor and privilege
for us to be here,
representing not only
the United States
but men of peace
of all nations,
men with interests
and a curiosity
and with the vision
for the future.
It's an honor for us to be able
to participate here today.
Neil's been on the surface
an hour now,
Buzz not quite,
20 minutes less than that.
Heart rates on both crewmen
averaging between 90 and 100.
I don't note any abnormalities
in the LM.
Quads seem to be in good shape,
the primary and secondary struts
are in good shape,
antennas are all in place,
there's no evidence
of a problem underneath.
The SEQ bay contains
the scientific experiments
to be left
on the surface of the moon.
Have you got us
a good area picked out?
Buzz Aldrin carrying
the two experiments.
Straight out on that rise
out there
is probably as good as any.
I'm going to have to get on the
other side of this rock here.
The laser reflector
is installed,
and the bubble's level
and the alignment
appears to be good.
They've been on
their life support systems
2 hours and 25 minutes.
Houston, I have
the seismic experiment
flipped over now
and I'm aligning it with the sun
and all parts of the solar array
are clear of the ground now.
Buzz Aldrin is collecting
a core tube sample.
It almost looks wet.
Got it! Sampled.
Neil, this is Houston.
After you've got the core tubes
and the solar wind,
anything else
that you can throw into the box
would be acceptable.
Houston, we've got about
I'd say 20 pounds
of carefully selected,
if not documented, samples.
Houston, roger, well done, out.
Anything more
before I head on up, Bruce?
head on up the ladder, Buzz.
Adios, amigos.
the sample containers
into the LM cabin now.
Unofficial time off the surface
at 111:37:32.
Okay, the hatch is closed
and latched and verified secure.
And we'd like to say
from all of us
down here in Houston
and really from all of us
in all the countries
in the entire world,
we think that you've done
a magnificent job
up there today.
Thank you very much.
It's been a long day.
Yes indeed,
get some rest there,
and have at it tomorrow.
Not since Adam has any human
known such solitude
as Mike Collins is experiencing
during the 47 minutes
of each lunar revolution
when he's behind the moon,
while he waits for his comrades
to soar with Eagle
from Tranquility Base,
and rejoin him
for the trip back to earth.
Collins, with the help
of flight controllers here
in Mission Control Center,
has kept
the Command Module systems
going pocketa pocketa pocketa.
Columbia, Columbia,
good morning from Houston.
How's the black team today?
All primed and rarin' to go?
Ah, you betcha there, Mike.
Going to keep you
a little busy here...
soon as we get
the state vector in,
we'd like you to go ahead
and do a P52, option 3.
And then when you come on around
the other side there,
we'll give you some landmark
tracking information on 130.
All right, fine, understand.
Thank you.
Tranquility Base, Houston.
How was the resting
standing up there?
Did you get a chance to curl up
on the engine can?
Ah, roger.
Neil has rigged himself
a really good hammock
with a waist tether
and he's been lying
on the ascent engine cover
and I curled up
on the floor. Over.
Ah, roger. Copy, Buzz.
Our science support room
here in Mission Control Center
reports receiving
continuous data
from the passive
seismic experiment
placed on the lunar surface last
night by the Apollo 11 crew...
recorded the astronauts'
footsteps on the moon
and will probably receive
its strongest signal
when the ascent engine ignites
and starts Eagle on its way
into lunar orbit
and rendezvous with Columbia.
Tranquility Base, Houston.
Go ahead.
Ah, roger.
Just a reminder here,
we want to make sure you leave
the rendezvous radar
circuit breakers pulled.
Eagle and Columbia,
this is the backup crew.
on yesterday's performance
and our prayers are with you
for the rendezvous, over.
- Thank you, Jim.
- Thank you, Jim.
Almost 5,000 pounds
of propellant
will be run through
the ascent engine
on the ascent burn
which will place Eagle
back into lunar orbit
and following that,
the rendezvous sequence
completed with the docking
at 128 hours approximately.
Flight Operations Director,
Chris Kraft,
commented that some 500 million
people around the world
were helping push Eagle off
the moon and back into orbit.
Flight director Glynn Lunney
is polling the various positions
here in the control room
on their readiness.
- FIDO, status.
- Got it all, Flight, good to go.
- Waiting for GUIDANCE steering
at two minutes.
- We're go, Flight.
- Go, Flight.
- Surgeon.
- Go, Flight.
We see it, Flight. Looks good.
Tranquility Base, Houston.
Roger, go ahead.
Roger, Eagle's looking
real fine to us down here.
And you're clear for takeoff.
Roger, understand.
We're number one on the runway.
GUIDANCE reports
both navigation systems on Eagle
are looking good.
Nine, eight, seven,
six, five,
abort stage, engine arm,
ascent, proceed.
- The Eagle has wings.
- Stand by for pitchover.
Pitching over.
Very smooth.
We're going right down U.S. 1.
Not very much thruster activity.
we're looking good.
- Okay, mighty fine.
- Go, both systems.
30 seconds, Flight.
700, 150 up. Beautiful.
- Go.
Eagle, Houston, you're still
looking mighty fine.
Roger, good agreement in Delta-V
to go in both AGS and PNGS.
All three data sources
are agreeing quite closely here.
Eagle, Houston.
Aft Omni, low-bit rate,
and we'll see you
at 127 plus 51.
127 hours, 39 minutes,
39.2 seconds.
This is the start time
for a series
of velocity match maneuvers
to bring Eagle in with Columbia.
Uh, Houston, the AGS has
a Delta-H of 15.5
and a maneuver of 51.3.
Roger, we copy.
As the two vehicles come around
on the 26th lunar revolution,
Mike Collins aboard Columbia
is spring loaded
to do what is called
a mirror image maneuver.
Okay, we're about
seven feet a second
coming in at you.
Eagle, Columbia.
I've got 470 now for R-dot,
and I just broke lock.
Could you hold silence
for a few seconds here
while I re-acquire?
Columbia has reacquired you.
Okay, Mike, I'll try
to get in position here
and then you got it.
Eagle, Columbia's
starting to maneuver
to TPI attitude.
Okay, I got it from here.
Looks good, Mike.
(indistinct), okay.
Okay, we're all yours,
Communications are
somewhat scratchy.
Columbia and Eagle
now reunited
to become Apollo 11 again.
Apollo 11, Houston, about
a minute and a half to LOS,
you're looking great.
It's been a mighty fine day.
Boy, you're not kidding.
Armstrong and Aldrin
transferring back
to the Command Module
with Mike Collins.
Houston, this is Columbia
reading you loud and clear.
We're all three back inside,
the hatch is installed,
we're running a pressure
check-leak check.
Everything's going well.
Roger. How's it feel up there
to have some company?
Damn good, I'll tell ya.
I bet.
I bet you'd almost be
talking to yourself up there
after 10 revs or so.
Ah, no.
It's a happy home up here,
it'd be nice to have
100 million Americans up here.
They were with you in spirit
anyway, at least that many.
Thank you, sir.
And Apollo 11, Houston.
All your systems
look real good to us.
We would like you
to jettison Eagle.
You're go for power arm
and you're go for jettison.
There she goes.
She was a good one.
Roger dodger.
We got Eagle looking good.
It's holding cabin pressure
and it picked up
about two feet per second
from that jettison.
The crew jettisoned the LM
at 130 hours 30 minutes.
We're now 10 seconds away
from Trans-Earth Injection.
They will burn their service
propulsion system engine
for 2 minutes, 28 seconds,
to start them
on their way back to earth.
Apollo 11, Houston.
one minute to LOS.
The trans-earth
injection maneuver
will be performed
on backside of the moon
at the beginning
of the 31st revolution.
We'll reacquire the spacecraft
on the other side of the moon.
Hello, Apollo 11. Houston.
You're looking good
going over the hill.
Go sic 'em!
Thank you, sir.
We'll do it.
Standby for ullage.
- A good one.
- Nice.
- I got two balls.
- Okay, here come the other two.
...barber pole, gray,
the other two are on good.
Man, that feels like g,
doesn't it?
One minute.
Chamber pressure's
holding right on 100.
(indistinct) pressure.
Gimbals look good.
Total attitude looks good.
Rates are damped out
a little bit.
Standing by for engine off.
It should be shut down now.
Beautiful burn.
SPS, I love you!
You are a jewel!
And there's the cue,
we have acquisition of signal.
Thank you, Charlie boy.
Looking good here.
That was a beautiful burn.
- They don't come any finer.
- Rog.
Tell 'em to open up
the LRL doors, Charlie.
Roger, we got you coming home.
Let's get some music...
how about these tapes?
Hey, this should be
getting larger.
And if it is, it's the place
we're coming home to.
No matter where you travel,
it's always nice to get home.
We concur, 11... we'll be
happy to have you back.
Apollo 11 now 94,961
nautical miles from Earth.
Re-entry is scheduled to begin
18 hours, 18 minutes
and 12 seconds.
How's old Flight, Bruce?
Did he ever let you go
get a cup of coffee
while we were over
on the backside?
Things have been going
pretty smoothly down here.
He's really not that hard
to get along with.
Ah, he must be mellowing.
Well, we've only got two
of them back here right now.
The next item scheduled
on the flight plan
is a television transmission.
You may be interested in knowing
that Jan and the children,
and Pat and the youngsters
and Andy Aldrin
are down here in the viewing
room watching this evening.
Oh, we're glad to hear that.
You have good S-band
signal strength now, Houston?
Okay, you're coming through
loud and clear now, 11,
with your patch.
This has been far more
than three men
on a voyage to the moon.
We feel that
this stands as a symbol
of the insatiable curiosity
of all mankind
to explore the unknown.
This operation is somewhat like
the periscope of a submarine.
All you see is the three of us.
But beneath the surface
are thousands and thousands
of others.
We'd like to give
a special thanks
to all those Americans
who built this spacecraft,
who did the construction,
design, the tests,
and put their hearts
and all their abilities
into those crafts.
To those people, tonight
we give a special thank you.
And to all the other people
that are listening
and watching tonight,
God bless you.
Goodnight from Apollo 11.
Weather in the recovery area:
Skies will be partly cloudy,
six-foot sea,
temperature near 80 degrees.
This landing area is
215 miles to the northeast
from the original landing area,
it moved because
of thundershowers
in the original area.
Apollo 11's distance now
is 3,000 nautical miles,
velocity 26,685 feet per second.
In the next 20 minutes,
Apollo 11 will add
almost 10,000 feet per second
to that figure.
Entry at 75 statute miles.
Beginning blackout
at 62 statute miles.
And main shoot deployment
10,500 feet.
And 11, Houston.
Weather's still holding
real fine in the recovery area,
looks like it's about 1500
scattered, high scattered,
and still
three to six foot waves
The air part of it sounds good.
The Earth is really
getting bigger up here
and of course
we see a crescent.
Apollo 11 lined up
right down the middle
of the entry corridor.
We're a minute and 45
seconds from entry.
Blackout will begin
18 seconds after entry.
Apollo 11, Houston.
You're still looking
mighty fine here,
you're cleared for landing.
Ah, we appreciate that Ron.
Thank you.
Rog. Gear's down and locked.
Guidance officer reports
the Command Module computer
looks good and the guidance
and navigation system is go.
And 11, Houston.
You're going over the hill
there shortly,
you're looking
mighty fine to us.
See you later.
There's the horizon.
Got the horizon now.
And beginning of blackout
approximately 17 seconds
after entry interface
into the atmosphere.
400,000 feet or approximately
85 miles above the Earth.
At blackout,
we were showing velocity
36,237 feet per second.
Range to go to splash,
1510 nautical miles.
(indistinct) LOS.
Redstone LOS blackout.
Roger, you have arrived...
Apollo 11,
Houston through ARIA.
We're looking
for your (indistinct).
Apollo 11,
Houston through ARIA.
Apollo 11,
Houston through ARIA 4.
Okay, CAPCOM, one last call here
and we'll have to give up
and let the recovery people
have it.
Apollo 11, Houston through ARIA.
Apollo 11, Apollo 11,
this is Hornet, Hornet, over.
This is Apollo 11,
we read you loud and clear.
Our position, 133016915.
There they are!
The condition of crew, over.
The condition of crew...
4,000-3500 feet
on the way down.
Latitude, longitude,
13,30; 169,15... over.
Hornet roger, copy out.
Hornet reports spacecraft
right on target point.
Hornet, splashdown.
Hornet copies.
This is SWIM 1, the
Command Module is at stable 1.
Hornet roger.
Stable 1 now, stable 1.
Our condition is
all three excellent.
We're just fine,
take your time.
That was Mike Collins reporting
the crew is excellent.
Doing all right,
third astronaut
is in the net
and on his way up.
Clear the Command Module.
Everybody's in the hatch
and finally in the helicopter.
This is Recovery 1.
I have three astronauts
switching power and frequency,
power and frequency.
Recovery 1, Hornet.
Understand Big Swimmer
has completed his
of the Command Module.
The elevator will
take Recovery 1
down to the hangar deck
where the crew will enter
the Mobile Quarantine facility.
This control center becoming
jammed with people.
We've never seen
this many people
in the control center
at one time before.
The Apollo 11 plaque
has been hung
in the Mission Control Center,
a replica of the crew patch.
And the flags are waving
and the cigars are being lit up,
and clear across
the big board in front
is President John F. Kennedy's
message to Congress
from May 1961.
Even though I realize
that this is in some measure
an act of faith and vision,
for we do not now know
what benefits await us.
But if I were to say,
my fellow citizens,
that we shall send to the moon,
240,000 miles away from
the control station in Houston,
a giant rocket
more than 300 feet tall,
fitted together with
a precision better
than the finest watch,
carrying all the equipment
needed for propulsion,
guidance, control,
food, and survival,
on an untried mission,
to an unknown celestial body,
and then return it
safely to Earth,
reentering the atmosphere
at speeds of over
25,000 miles per hour,
causing heat about half that
of the temperature of the sun,
almost as hot
as it is here today,
and do all this,
and do all this and do it right,
and do it first,
before this decade is out,
then we must be bold.
Man's first trip to the moon,
a magnificent
eight-day voyage
spanning time and space
and history,
ended today when
three American explorers
brought their small ship
down safely in the Pacific.
Apollo 11 astronauts
Neil Armstrong,
Edwin Aldrin,
and Michael Collins
landed their spacecraft
southwest of Hawaii
at ten minutes of one,
Eastern time,
nine miles from
the recovery ship
and two miles off target.
After donning
protective clothing,
the three astronauts
were airlifted
to the carrier Hornet,
and transferred to
a special isolation chamber.
They'll be quarantined
18 days
while scientists determine
if they've brought back
any dangerous lunar organisms.
Their flight climaxed
centuries of dreaming
and months and years
of planning and training.
I'd like to take this
opportunity particularly
to thank all those of you
I see out there
who are my gracious hosts
here in the lunar
receiving laboratory.
And I can't say that
I would choose to spend
a couple of weeks like that,
but I'm very glad
that we got the opportunity
to complete the mission.