Apollo Moon landing 40th anniversary

Flight International magazine issue 14-20 July 2009 celebrates 40 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing.



The first of these articles is The long walk back to the Moon where Flight International’s special anniversary report assesses the robustness of the USA’s current lunar ambitions in a post-Cold War era and the spacecraft it might use to revisit the Moon. Continue reading…

In Return to the Moon, the article highlights president John F. Kennedy’s speech in May 1961 to a joint session of Congress which launched what became humanity’s most ambitious technical achievement with its promise that the USA would “commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth”. Continue reading…


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Picture credit NASA

As part of the anniversary feature, Flight International revisits cutaway drawings of the Apollo 11 vehicles including the Command Module, Saturn V and the Lunar Lander.


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Read ‘One small step for Man…’ which is the original text of the magazine’s report in 24 July 1969 issue.

Flight International’s reports on the Moon landing

24 February 1966 Heavyweight payload 

12 June 1969  NASA’s plans to land on the Moon detailed

24 July 1969 Journey to the Moon  

31 July 1969 Apollo 11 comes home

31 August 2008 How man will return to the Moon

See hundreds of images of the Apollo programme dug up from our own archive and put into a gallery on AirSpace.


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One Response to Apollo Moon landing 40th anniversary

  1. Tim Higham 19 July, 2009 at 4:43 pm #

    Made exactly 10 years ago, Eleven, the acclaimed short film by Tim Higham, combined the Apollo 11 voyage to the Moon and the creation of the Earth in just eleven shots. Made on 16mm film, with home made models and a zero budget, this 1 minute movie can be viewed at http://goodluckmrgorsky.com

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