‘LIFT OFF. We have a lift off. Lift off on Apollo 11.’

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.


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(Photo courtesy of NASA)



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

One Response to ‘LIFT OFF. We have a lift off. Lift off on Apollo 11.’

  1. Marco van Lieshout 16 July, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    I remember that my mother got me and my sister (I was 11, my sister 9) out of bed in the middle of the night (I live in the Netherlands) to watch the landing and first step on the moon. I still have all the newspaper cuttings I collected as a kid. What a splendid adventure that was!

    Marco

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