50 Years Later: The pen that saved Apollo 11
The Apollo 11 mission could have ended in disaster, if it were not for some astronaut ingenuity and a felt-tipped pen.
Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon . Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin formed the American crew that landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle
Celebrate the 50 th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission which landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, with Neil Armstrong taking the historic first steps on The aircraft carrier USS Hornet (now a museum, located right here in Alameda) was the recovery ship that picked up the Apollo 11 crew when they
DOWNEY (CBSLA) — It wouldn’t have been a small step for man or a giant leap for mankind without the engineers in Downey who put the spacecraft together that allowed us to land on the moon and return astronauts safely to Earth.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of that historic touchdown.
CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Laurie Perez was in Downey where many engineers and workers from the Apollo 11 mission gathered together to commemorate the day.
The heart-stopping moments before Apollo 11 landed on the moon as the world watched
On July 16, 1969, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins were launched into space with one goal: to land on the moon.
Michael Collins, the command module pilot who served as an integral part of the legendary Apollo 11 crew , sits down with NBC’s Harry Smith to share his perspective on the moon mission that made You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.
President Donald Trump, accompanied by Apollo 11 astronauts Micheal Collins, second from left, and Buzz Aldrin, second from right, with Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump, speaks during a photo opportunity commemorating the 50 th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing , in
Of all the “Where were you when it happened” stories you will hear this weekend, none will be more personal that what you heard from the crew assembled in Downey on Saturday.
“We had thousands of journalists showing up at the Cape, 200 from Japan alone, and all of sudden we said this is much bigger than anybody ever imagined,” said Apollo 11 engineering manager Chuck Lowry.
“I felt such a sense of pride and accomplishment, I think we all did. It was just a great sense of pride and accomplishment,” said support staffer Joanne Curtin.
Perez asked project engineer Peter Magoski if he ever worried that he measured everything correctly, with so much riding on the mission?
“Oh no, you had to be confident, I knew I measured it right,” he recalls.
The Latest: Model rockets launched for Apollo 11 anniversary
The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (all times local): 9:40 a.m. Thousands of model rockets have been launched in Huntsville, Alabama, 50 years after the Apollo 11 crew blasted off for the moon. Tuesday's launch was done by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, which is attempting a world record. Huntsville, known as Rocket City, was the home of the powerful Saturn V rocket that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon.
50 for the 50 th : The Apollo 11 moon landing in photos. Apollo 11 was the first manned lunar landing mission with a crew of three astronauts: Mission commander Neil A. Armstrong The Apollo 11 command module lands in the Pacific Ocean as the crew waits to be picked up by Navy personnel
50 th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing . At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, cars were backed up for miles outside the visitor complex at opening time. The crew deliberately modeled its mission patch after Apollo 11 's: no astronaut names included to show the universal nature of space
“Bringing my granddaughter and grandson here to the space center and seeing me in the acknowledgment of the Women of Apollo, it’s like really, you know.” says Susan Ingle who was in property management for the mission.
Thousands came today to remember the mission and those here at the Downey campus that built the command module that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon and back.
“Just seeing the fact that we were able to get off the earth and go someplace else, all of the science, everybody working together on that project, even as a little kid, I got goose bumps on it,” says Ben Dickow, now president and executive director of the Columbia Memorial Space Center.
Magoski, Ingle, Lowry of course didn’t go into space but they put hearts into the spacecraft inspiring future generations to head for the next frontier — Mars.
“It won’t be very far away, I honestly believe the technology is there,” says Karen Casey, an engineering fellow at the Raytheon Corporation.
NASA's Chris Kraft, who helped build Apollo, dies 50 years after moon landing.
Christopher Kraft, a key architect behind several early NASA programs and the agency's first flight director, has died at 95.