This blog post was updated on July 12, 2019.
50 years ago, NASA realized the celestial dream of President John F. Kennedy to make the United States of America the first country to land men on the Moon.
When JFK revealed his aim to Congress in 1961, Gene Kranz, a NASA Flight Director was a bit taken aback. “It seemed, at the moment, like a pipe dream…” he said in his book Failure is not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond. His disbelief was understandable since NASA had not even put a man into Earth’s orbit. And yet Kranz and his teams of engineers and astronauts would soon come to embrace JFK’s dream, dedicate themselves to achieving it, and would make it happen eight years later when the Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin landed the Eagle on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
And so we commemorate this incredible moment for our nation, for space exploration, and for humankind with a series of pictures of the Apollo 11 voyage.