Apollo 11

The mission fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s,
which he expressed during a speech given before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961:

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out,
of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

Click the astronaut below to see what he inspired.

Apollo 11 LEM
Apollo 11 Insignia
Apollo 11 Plaque

And, just to make things a little more exciting, ...
  • 1201 Alarms: In the final minutes before landing, several 1201 computer alarms
    warned of a computer overload, as too many tasks were left running by mistake.
    Unphased, Neil Armstrong switched to manual and landed without the computer.

  • In the audio of the last 2 minutes before landing, a ground controller can be heard interrupting
    with a terse and cryptic "60 seconds", followed by, 30 seconds later, [wait for it] "30 seconds" -
    he was referring to the amount of fuel burn time left for landing the LEM.

    Armstrong landed and cut the engine 15 seconds later - he had 15 seconds of fuel left!

    This may help explain why Houston, after touchdown, can be heard commenting on having a
    "bunch of guys about to turn blue."

  • During preparations for departure from the moon, Buzz Aldrin accidentally broke a switch
    on the main control panel. It turned out to be the ignition switch to the main engine. There
    was no leaving the moon without it. Nothing like losing your car keys when you're parked on the moon!
    As Houston scrambled for a solution, Aldrin used a felt-tipped pen and successfully flipped the switch.