40 Years after Apollo 11: July 14

I wrote a series of posts about Apollo 11 on the 40th anniversary of the mission back in 2009. It’s a cool story. So here it is again, day by day, using only pictures I could confirm were taken on the day in question…

Originally written on July 14th, 2009…

Two days before launch. Neil looks over volume 3 of the 5 volume flight plan.

“Let’s see… P40 DPS Thrust. MNVR to DOI attitude. Trim Vx residuals. Pitch down, P=195, RR-ON. P20 man lock – on. RR-OFF. P30 ext delta-v. Load PDI + 12 abort. Pitch down to 125 degrees. Yaw left 180 degrees… need… coffee…”

(Yes, of course that’s actual text from the flight plan…)

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Meanwhile, Buzz looks over photos of the landing area taken from orbit by the crew of Apollo 10. Apollo 10 had flown to the Moon a couple of months earlier. It was a “dress rehearsal” flight for Apollo 11. The lunar module even flew down to within 9 miles of the surface. But they didn’t land. Tom Stafford, the commander of Apollo 10, flew in space 4 times. But he never got to land on the Moon. He only came close that one time, on Apollo 10. Nine miles short.

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