On Giant Leap for Mankind: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

On Giant Leap for Mankind: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Riverside – On July 16, 1969 Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy in Florida carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin to take their place in history. On Saturday, July 20th the world will mark the 50th anniversary of the mission’s highlight when nearly 65 million people watched Armstrong’s grainy, televised image and heard his crackling voice describe the event as he took “…one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

The primary objective of the Apollo 11 missions was to fulfill a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961 to perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth. He rallied national support for the program during a 1962 speech at Rice University in Houston, Texas. “We choose to go to the moon,” he declared regarding the Apollo missions, “not because they are easy, but because they are hard…”

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