Cape Kennedy, Florida (JFK+50) On July 16, 1969, "the engines ignited and (a) massive 2840-ton rocket rose into the blue sky" here at the Cape. Liftoff came at 9:32 a.m. (E.D.T.) The capsule communicator announced..."Liftoff on Apollo 11 at 32 minutes past the hour."
Attached to the Apollo 11 spacecraft was the Lunar Module, Eagle. Apollo was designated the Command Service Module. Mike Collins would stay aboard the CSM orbiting the Moon while Neil and Buzz descended to the lunar surface aboard Eagle.
*Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He served in the US Navy in the Korean War. NA was a graduate of Purdue University and later after becoming a test pilot joined the astronaut corps in 1962. His 1st space flight was on Gemini 8 in 1966.
"One Small Step: Celebrating the First Men on the Moon," by Jerry Stone, Templar Publishing, Great Britain, 2009.
"The Eagle Has Landed: Happy Anniversary, Apollo 11," by Nate Rawlings, July 20, 2011, www.newsfeed.time.com/