Apollo’s Moon Shot

This July marks 50 years since Neil Armstrong’s boot was pressed in to the moon’s surface, forever ingraining the event in the world’s consciousness.

President Kennedy challenged NASA to reach the moon in 1961 and by 1969 Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon’s surface during the successful Apollo 11 mission. Command Module Pilot Michael Collins remained on board in orbit while Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin spent 2.5 hours walking on the moon’s surface collecting moon rocks and conducting various experiments.

While the Apollo 11 Mission was by far the most famous, the years between were an extraordinary time with tales of politics, engineering, ego, tragedy and triumph. Apollo’s Moon Shot shares historical events as told by key astronauts, historians, Smithsonian experts alongside one of a kind artifacts.

Apollo’s Moon Shot reveals how the missions to space began through the both manned and unmanned test runs with Apollo 1 to 6 and getting to explore the moon’s surface with missions 7 to 16 and how Apollo 17 contributed to the understanding of the moon’s geological history along with advancing new areas of technology.

The Apollo Program ended in 1972 which was also the last time man landed on the moon with the world forever changed with the new possibilities for humankind.

Do you remember where you were when man landed on the moon?

Apollo’s Moon Shot, Mondays from 1st July on the History Channel

Gemini 8 Command Pilot Neil A. Armstrong seen through window of Gemini 8 Spacecraft just before liftoff. (jrs)

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