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Apollo 11 Mission Commemorated

Authors

  • Randy Showstack

Errata

This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: Correction [to “Apollo 11 Mission commemorated”] Volume 90, Issue 31, 266, Article first published online: 4 August 2009

Abstract

On 24 July 1969, 4 days after Apollo 11 Mission Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Eagle Pilot Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin had become the first people to walk on the Moon, they and Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot Michael Collins peered through a window of the Mobile Quarantine Facility on board the U.S.S. Hornet following splashdown of the command module in the central Pacific as U.S. President Richard Nixon told them, “This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the creation.”

Forty years later, the Apollo 11 crew and other Apollo-era astronauts gathered at several events in Washington, D.C., to commemorate and reflect on the Apollo program, that mission, and the future of manned spaceflight. “I don't know what the greatest week in history is,” Aldrin told Eos. “But it was certainly a pioneering opening the door. With the door open when we touched down on the Moon, that was what enabled humans to put many more footprints on the surface of the Moon.”

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