NASA 20:18

‘Apollo 11’ was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the ‘Moon’, ‘Americans’ ‘Neil Armstrong’ and ‘Buzz Aldrin’, on July 20, (1969), at 20:18 UTC. Launched by a ‘Saturn V’ rocket from ‘Kennedy Space Center’ in ‘Merritt Island’, ‘Florida’, on July 16, ‘Apollo 11’ was the fifth manned mission of ‘NASA Apollo program’.

Broadcast on live TV to a world-wide audience, ‘Armstrong’ stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” After the crew of ‘Apollo 10’ named their spacecraft ‘Charlie Brown’ and ‘Snoopy’, assistant manager for public affairs ‘Julian Scheer’ wrote to ‘Manned Spacecraft Center’ director ‘George M. Low’ to suggest the ‘Apollo 11’ crew be less flippant in naming their craft. During early mission planning, the names ‘Snowcone’ and ‘Haystack’ were used and put in the news release, but the crew later decided to change them.

The ‘Apollo 11’ mission insignia was designed by ‘Collins’, who wanted a symbol for “peaceful lunar landing by the United States”. He chose an eagle as the symbol, put an olive branch in its beak, and drew a lunar background with the ‘Earth’ in the distance.

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