Forty years ago this morning at 9:32 Eastern time in the United States, Apollo 11 lifted off from launch pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Its destination? The moon, where a few days later Neil Armstrong became the first person to ever step foot on a planet other than our own.
An Air Force EC-135N plane captured this stunning photograph of Apollo 11 after lift-off. Definitely click on the image for a larger view.
What are your memories of Apollo 11? You can leave a comment on this entry or follow the discussion on our AirSpace forum. We’ll put together a compilation of your impressions of this historic event.
Flight is celebrating in full force Apollo 11′s anniversary. We have a special dedicated page that will be updated throughout the anniversary (launch, moon landing, return to Earth) and this week’s edition of Flight International has a special feature on the anniversary.
Main page: Apollo@40
Flightglobal’s sister title: New Scietist – Apollo Special