AUGUST 2009

EARTHRISE FROM THE SURFACE OF THE MOON

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS AFTER THE FIRST MOON LANDING.  THIS PICTURE TYPIFIES THE END RESULT OF YEARS OF PREPARATION.

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After blast off from Cape Kennedy USA on 16th July 1969 two astronauts landed and then walked on the surface of the Moon on the 20th July 1969.

Neil Armstrong's words as he stepped onto the Moon  - " That's one small step for man  -  One giant leap for mankind "

Neil Aldrin, the second man on the Moon described the scene as  -  " Magnificent desolation "

Distance to the Moon from the Earth  -  384,403 km ( 238,857 miles ) variable

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The lunar module was named Eagle for the national bird of the United States, the bald eagle, and featured prominently on the mission insignia.

 

 

The command module was named Columbia for the feminine personification of the United States used traditionally in song and poetry.

 

The command module was manned by Michael Collins. All three astronauts returned safely to Earth on July 24th 1969.

The astronauts were placed in quarantine until 13th August 1969 for fear that the Moon might have contained undiscovered pathogens.

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AUGUST  2009

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