Apollo 11 lifts off from Earth. (NASA)
Apollo 11 orbiting the Moon (NASA)
It is 9:32 a.m. on July 16, and Apollo 11 is go for
The thunderclap of liftoff rolls across the Florida fields. The
rocket rises into the sky. In three minutes, Apollo 11
vanishes from sight.
Before liftoff, the crew had named the LM the Eagle and
the command module Columbia. For three days they fly with
Columbia and the Eagle nose to nose. Millions of
people watch the live television broadcast from inside Columbia.
Excitement is high. As Collins puts it, "All of us are aware
[that] we are about to lay our little pink bodies on the
When they get near the moon, the astronauts have to fire Columbia's
engine to slow down. They successfully enter orbit 65 miles above
a full moon.
you were an astronaut heading to the moon for the first time,
what would you name your spacecraft? Why?