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Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary


“I believe that this nation should 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.”

John F. Kennedy, May 25, 1961

America took up the challenge laid out by President Kennedy and on July 20, 1969 an estimated 600 million people watched live as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface.

The 50th anniversary of the moon landing is upon us, and TheAvGeeks have been discussing to how best commemorate and celebrate this momentous achievement. Should we revisit the Apollo missions that preceded Apollo 11? Do we focus on the Apollo 11 liftoff? Touchdown on the Moon? Splashdown? There are so many milestones from which to choose.

Here at TheAvGeeks.com, we have decide to start today, July 14, at precisely 16:00 EST – the moment that the countdown to launch began in 1969. To mark this out-of-this-world anniversary, we’ll be live-tweeting and recreating the Apollo 11 mission from start to finish. You can follow the Twitter feed here using #AvGeeks11.

In addition, we’ll be publishing articles that cover the story of Apollo 11 from lots of angles such as the pre-launch press conference on July 15 to the landing itself and the innovations that came from the Apollo Program. We will also look at questions like, “Would your mobile phone be powerful enough to get you to the Moon?“, “Was it all a hoax?,” and we will share ideas on where you can go to celebrate the anniversary. We will also celebrate the many women who contributed to the success of the space program.

We hope that the package of stories, images, and videos we have compiled pay proper homage to the thousands of dedicated people who focused their energies and intellects to take humanity from Kitty Hawk in December 1903 to the Lunar surface in just 66 years.


Read More: You can access all of our Apollo 11 50th anniversary coverage by clicking here.


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