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Climb Aboard Apollo 11 Time Machine

Posted by Susan Lendroth

16-07-2009 1:01 CDT

Topics: history, events and announcements, fun, human spaceflight, the Moon, NASA lunar missions before 2005

Grab your bell bottoms and Tang, and travel back to 1969 when Apollo 11's journey to the Moon captivated the world, and Neil Armstrong's and Buzz Aldrin's boot prints in the lunar dust transformed us into a multi-world species. NASA Re-broadcast

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of that historic landing, NASA will replay audio from the entire Apollo 11 mission at exactly the same time and date that it was broadcast in 1969. Beginning at 7:32 am EDT on Thursday, July 16, NASA's coverage will open two hours before the spacecraft launched and will continue through splashdown and crew recovery on July 24. Listen to communications between the astronauts and ground teams, as well as commentary from NASA's Mission Control. WeChooseTheMoon.org

Of course, President John F Kennedy helped place America on its lunar trajectory, famously saying in 1962, "We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard..." To honor Kennedy's vision and inspiration, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will open WeChooseTheMoon.org, a new interactive website, on Thursday.

WeChooseTheMoon.org will also recreate Apollo 11's lunar mission, beginning with the launch from Cape Kennedy at 9:32 a.m. EDT. In addition to audio, the website will utilize historic video and photos to help recreate the mission and will offer "real-time" transmissions via three different Twitter feeds

Apollo 11 to Houston: AP11_Spacecraft
Houston to Apollo 11: AP11_Capcom
Eagle to Houston & Columbia: AP11_Eagle

So through the virtual wizardry of 2009, step back four decades to 1969 when we did not need to use special effects to recreate another world because we actually sent two humans to walk upon one.

 
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