It was 45 years ago today that all eyes were focused on the Kennedy Space Center in Florida a three men took the long walk to the space capsule at the top of a Saturn V rocket. Then once they disappeared from view and hatch was secured we kept watching and praying as we listened to the counted down. Once the engine roared to life we cheered and the cheering grew as we watched Apollo 11 lift-off the platform.
“Thirty seconds and counting. Astronauts report it feels good. T-25 seconds. Twenty seconds and counting. T-15 seconds, guidance is internal. 12, 11, 10, 9 ... ignition sequence start ... 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 ... All engines running. Liftoff! We have a liftoff ... 32 minutes past the hour, liftoff on Apollo 11. Tower clear.” was the commentary we heard from our news stations.
It was a thrilling sight that we have witnessed many times before with 9 previous successful, Apollo 1 ended in disaster, launches. This one was special though since it would end with the first man stepping out on the surface of the moon. We watch as the rocket soared into the heavens and maneuvered into the proper course as it headed for its final destination.
“Neil Armstrong reporting the roll and pitch program whitch puts Apollo 11 on a proper heading. “ We heard the reporter say.
The days following that thrilling site we eagerly awaited to hear news of our three astronauts. We couldn't get enough of seeing video straight from the flight deck seeing Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as they went through their daily rituals in space. Then 4 days later, as we watched the moon landing, we all let out the breath we have all been holding since watching the launch on July 16, 1969.
So, today we say happy anniversary to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) for giving us that thrilling site 45 years ago.
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