Apollo 11 Blasted Off 47 Years Ago Today

Chris Higgins
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On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 began its historic voyage to the moon. It reached its destination on July 20, and marked the beginning of the U.S. putting a dozen men on the moon. I wasn't around to watch the launch, but thankfully we've got YouTube!

This CBS segment shows the launch, and is just under 10 minutes. (Liftoff happens right after the six-minute mark.) Take a look at this and remember a time before humans had ever set foot on the moon:

So that's one thing, but if you have two hours, here's a massive chunk of ABC TV coverage from July 16, 1969 onward. This is fascinating, including all sorts of technical discussion. Marshall McLuhan and Bill Moyers show up just past the one-hour, 49 minute mark!

If that's not enough for you, we've got tons of recommended reading and viewing, to wit: Apollo 11 Launch in Slow Motion (500fps); Neil Armstrong's Widow Finds Forgotten Trove of Apollo 11 Artifacts; Watch the History of the Apollo Program; During the First U.S. Lunar Landing, the Soviets Crashed Into the Moon; and In Event of Moon Disaster: The White House Speech for the Worst-Case Scenario.