24 July 2009

Video: Apollo 11 Moon Landing - A YouTube Timeline

20 07 2009 - Forty years ago, on July 20th, 1969, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first human beings to set foot on the moon. The Apollo Program, though, was a decade-long project involving millions of dollars, thousands of scientists, and constant competition with the Soviet Union. The result was one of mankind’s most remarkable achievements.

image We felt compelled to find some way to pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of when man first stepped on the moon. Step-by-step through that mission utilizing YouTube as a medium. This is the Apollo 11 mission, from Kennedy’s famous speeches to Apollo 11’s recovery, in the form of YouTube videos.

1. “So single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind”

While the Apollo Space Program owes its creation to the Dwight Eisenhower administration, who were seeking a way to follow-up the Mercury Program. However, it’s clear that President John F. Kennedy was the one to launch the Apollo 11 mission and thrust the U.S. into the space race.

While his “We choose to go to the moon” speech is more famous, he truly launched the Apollo initiative at a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961.

“First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.”

2. “We Choose to go to the Moon”

One year later, on September 12th, 1962, President Kennedy made his historic “We choose the moon” speech at Rice University, where he laid out his case and his vision for man reaching for the stars.

3. Liftoff

Say hello to the Saturn V rocket, which pushed out about 7.5 million pounds of thrust for just a few minutes. That was more than enough time for the second stage to engage and for Apollo 11 to exceed escape velocity.

4. Apollo 11 Command Module Computer

A quick look inside Apollo 11 on its trip to the stars…

5. Apollo 11 Lunar Module Undocking

The lunar module, Eagle, separated from the command module, Columbia, once it was close enough to begin the descent to the moon.

6. “The Eagle has Landed”

The Lunar Module, after a thorough check from Houston, made its descent. It wasn’t long until it landed on the lunar surface. The callsign of the lunar module changed from Eagle to Tranquility Base, and Armstrong uttered his famous line:

7. One Small Step for Man…

“…One Giant Leap for Mankind.”

8. Apollo 11 on the Sea of Tranquility

This montage and collection of high-resolution photos from the spacewalk are just something else to behold. It’s a complement to the grainy videos of the Apollo 11 mission.

9. Apollo 11 Re-entry

This is what the on-board camera saw during re-entry. Could you imagine re-entering the atmosphere after being on the moon?

10. View of Earth from Apollo 11 During Re-entry

This is why you go to space. This is why I want to go to space sooner rather than later.

11. USS Hornet Recovers the Apollo 11 Module

The USS Hornet, an Essex-class aircraft carrier, were the ones to pick up the module and its astronauts. President Richard Nixon was on board to welcome the astronauts back to earth (although they were quarantined until they arrived in Houston). She was decomissioned in 1970.

BONUS: Digitally Restored: The Apollo 11 Mission

On Thursday, July 16th, NASA released digitally restored footage of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. This video, restored by the same people who restored Casablanca, provides a clearer-than-before look at the world’s most historic space mission. Unfortunately, the fabled lost moon tapes with the highest quality recording of the mission, look to have been lost forever.


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