40th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing

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This post is for the 40th anniversary of landing on the Moon on July 20th, 1969.  I was able to take the time and find some really great links that you might like to checkout if you’re interested in the topic.  I found some really incredible sites that are well done and provide some fascinating information.  I also wanted to point how easy it is to find some quality information in just a short amount of time.  So for those people that say that they just don’t have enough time…well, it only took me 20 minutes to find all the information for this post and about an hour to write it up.  Not too bad, I’d say.  Here we go.

On July 16th, 1969, was the launch of the Apollo 11 mission to land a human on the surface of the Moon for the first time in recorded history.

Four days later, on July 20th, Neil Armstrong first stepped down on the surface and uttered his famous words.  Here is a link to many videos of this incident I found on NASA’s History website. Pretty cool videos on there.

Probably my favorite resource I came across is the We Choose the Moon site.  Basically it’s a website that’s recreating, in real time, the 5 days of the Apollo Moon landing.  It’s constantly updating with radio transmissions and countdown timers to the event.  It also features the Apollo 11 flight path and Twitter feeds of both the spacecraft and Capcom, being updated in real-time as the mission happened.  It’s really an amazing website that you won’t regret checking out.

Here is the official NASA website of Apollo 11’s 40th Anniversary.  Also has some great information.

NASA’s own photo gallery.

A Flickr group with some excellent pictures of the event.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum coverage of the event.  Also a great tool with some great videos and imagery.

Here is the front page and article in The New York times from July 21st, 1969, the day after the landing.

And here is a current article by John Noble Wilford, who wrote the front page article, reminiscing about the event.  Another really fascinating read.

A map of the astronauts path taken on the moon.  As seen on Google Moon.

A photoblog by Daniel J. Wakin of people watching the launch.

A map of the Moon from the Library of Congress.  Officially called a lunar reference mosaic.

And there you have it.  A few quality links to places all over the internet celebrating the monumental event and which didn’t take that long at all to find.

Big thanks to Leslie and Keith for finding a few of them.  🙂

Thanks for reading.


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