Did you know that the first mission to land astronauts on the Moon launched today in 1969? The rocket carried 3 astronauts and the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Almost 1 million people gathered to watch the launch from nearby beaches and highways. More than 3,500 reporters and other media representatives were also present. The launch was televised in 33 countries and millions more around the world listened to radio broadcasts of the launch. 12 minutes after launch, Apollo 11 reached Earth orbit. The Apollo 11 spacecraft orbited the Earth one and a half times before adjusting trajectory towards the Moon.
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A Saturn V rocket was used to launch Apollo 11 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Apollo 11 mission was the fifth manned mission in the Apollo Program.
Apollo 11 carried 3 astronauts: Neil A Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin Jr.
The insignia for the Apollo 11 mission shows the Earth, Moon and an Eagle carrying an olive branch. The insignia was a symbol for peaceful lunar landing. The astronauts’ chose to not put their names on the patch so it would represent all of those who worked on the lunar landing.
Members from the Cabinet, 19 state governors, 40 mayors, 60 ambassadors, 200 congressmen, former President Lyndon B Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, and Vice President Spiro Agnew. 3,500 media representatives were also present.
An estimated 25 million Americans watched the televised launch.