The apollo mission is the only moon mission that was manned with renowned astronauts being the first beings to ever set foot on the lunar surface. Because of bad weather in the target area the landing point was changed by about 250 miles.
The saturn 5 rocket that boosted the apollo 11 mission to the moon is hauled from nasa s vehicle assembly building to the launch pad in 1969.
How long to get to the moon apollo 11. The apollo 11 space mission commanded by neil armstrong took three days three hours and 49 minutes to reach the moon after launching from earth. See how they. Pdt sunday will armstrong set foot on the moon with aldrin following about 25 minutes later.
Not until 11 17 p m. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours and 39 minutes later on july 21 at 02 56 utc. So in addition to be the first manned mission apollo 11 was also the.
The apollo 11 mission concluded exactly eight days three hours 18 minutes and 35 seconds after launch with a splashdown landing in the pacific ocean about 800 nautical miles southwest of hawaii. After a flight of 195 hours 18 minutes 35 seconds about 36 minutes longer than planned apollo 11 splashed down in the pacific ocean 13 miles from the recovery ship uss hornet. Commander neil armstrong and lunar module pilot buzz aldrin formed the american crew that landed the apollo lunar module eagle on july 20 1969 at 20 17 utc 14 17 cst.
The whole 2 hour 40 minute span of extravehicular activity will be a tense period for the moon explorers the controllers here and the world at large for the dangers are obvious. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the moon. The apollo 11 mission took 51 hours and 49 minutes to arrive on the lunar surface back on july 19th 1969 hence becoming the fastest spacecraft mission to the moon that had astronauts who then took 1 376 minutes to return.
However armstrong did not set foot on the moon for more than six hours after landing. Apollo 11 was launched on july 16 1969 at 9 32 a m. After dusting off from the lunar surface the lunar module spent another 2 days 22 hours and 56 minutes getting back to earth.
Nasa s apollo 11 moon landing astronauts neil armstrong buzz aldrin and michael collins returned to earth on july 24 1969 to mark the end of their successful lunar landing missions. An artist s impression of a space. Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later.