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20 Ιουλίου, 2010

July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap For Mankind

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NASA

July 1969. It’s a little over eight years since the flights of Gagarin and Shepard, followed quickly by President Kennedy’s challenge to put a man on the moon before the decade is out. It is only seven months since NASA’s made a bold decision to send Apollo 8 all the way to the moon on the first manned flight of the massive Saturn V rocket. Now, on the morning of July 16, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sit atop another Saturn V at Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. The three-stage 363-foot rocket will use its 7.5 million pounds of thrust to propel them into space and into history.

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20 Ιουλίου, 2010

1969: Man takes first steps on the Moon

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BBC NEWS [21 JULY ON THIS DAY]

American Neil Armstrong has become the first man to walk on the Moon. The astronaut stepped onto the Moon’s surface, in the Sea of Tranquility, at 0256 GMT, nearly 20 minutes after first opening the hatch on the Eagle landing craft. Armstrong had earlier reported the lunar module’s safe landing at 2017 GMT with the words: «Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.» As he put his left foot down first Armstrong declared: «That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.»

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14 Απριλίου, 2010

Apollo 13: From disaster to triumph

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By Paul Rincon  Science reporter, BBC News

Sitting in a broad armchair in the front room of his home near Folkestone, UK, Reg Turnill recalls the moment he realised Apollo 13 was in trouble.

The former BBC aerospace correspondent had been covering the flight from the Johnson Space Center in Houston – home to Nasa’s mission control.

On the evening of 13 April 1970, he had been at dinner with his wife Margaret, but later returned to JSC to «check all was well» and record a one-minute report for the BBC’s morning bulletins.

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