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Apollo 11 Anniversary: Celebrate!

NASA CTSGC to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Mission!

To commemorate this anniversary, NASA CTSGC is excited to announce a month-long series of statewide events that will be held in July 2019! Find out more.


The Apollo 11 Recovery


On July 24, 1969, the Apollo 11 capsule plummeted from space and landed in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 miles off the coast of Hawaii. Four young service members handpicked for their strength and swimming abilities arrived on the scene of the splashdown to bring the first humans to walk on the surface of the moon to safety. Find out more. 


About the Mission

The Astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Commander; Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot; and Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot. Find out more.

The Launch: Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969, carrying the astronauts into an initial Earth-orbit of 114 by 116 miles. Find out more.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag. Find out more.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the Moon near the leg of the Lunar Module. Find out more. 

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage, with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. aboard...the Earth rises above the lunar horizon. Find out more.


Events to Celebrate Apollo 11 50th Anniversary this Summer!

To mark the 50th anniversary, there are a variety of commemorative Apollo 11 events around the country. These “Apollo 50th” Anniversary events are happening at some of the best space museums and NASA facilities and are open to all ages! Find out more.


10 Amazing Facts About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing​

1. Although there were three astronauts sent to the Moon, only two of them actually stepped on it.

2. The landing was watched on television by an estimated 600 million people.

3. The exact phrase uttered by Armstrong has been disputed.

4. The astronauts landed with only 25 seconds of fuel to spare.