Apollo 11 Moon Mission commentary (1969)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Sara Quashnie, December 2018
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Apollo 11 Moon Mission commentary
Creator: United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Manned Spacecraft Center (U.S.)
Inclusive dates: 1969
Extent: 1 item
Abstract:
This volume of typed commentary is a transcript of the audio between Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Mission Control in Houston, Texas, documenting the moon landing of Apollo 11 (July 20, 1969, 20:34 CDT to 22:31 CDT). Produced as a resource for reporters, it provides an in-depth look at the preparation for lunar landing and the initial moments on the Moon's surface.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu

Access and Use

Acquisition Information

1973. M-1615.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright status is unknown

Preferred Citation

Apollo 11 Moon Mission Commentary, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.

History

Apollo 11 was the first successful manned mission from the United States to land on the Moon. Launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969, the mission lasted until July 24, 1969, upon splashdown in the Pacific Ocean and recovery by the USS Hornet . The flight consisted of a crew of three: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) (Commander), Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin (b. 1930) (Lunar Module Pilot), and Michael Collins (b. 1930) (Command Module Pilot). The spacecraft consisted of two main components: Columbia , the command and service modules (CSM) and Eagle , the lunar module (LM), and was the last space mission to utilize a "free-return" trajectory. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to step on the moon after landing the LM in the Sea of Tranquility. While on the moon, the astronauts photographed and collected samples from the area, as well as deployed the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP). The astronauts' activities were televised at intervals throughout the mission.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume of typed commentary is a transcript of the audio between Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Mission Control in Houston, Texas, documenting the moon landing of Apollo 11 (July 20, 1969, 20:34 CDT to 22:31 CDT). Produced as a resource for reporters, it provides an in-depth look at the preparation for lunar landing and the initial moments on the Moon's surface. Protocols for spacecraft operation, communication, and navigation were discussed, as well as the geography and terrain of the Moon, and instructions for astronaut movements and tasks.

Subject Terms

Subjects:
  • Aldrin, Buzz.
  • Apollo 11 (Spacecraft)
  • Armstrong, Neil, 1930-2012.
  • Collins, Michael, 1930-.
  • Lunar excursion module--Landing.
  • Lunar exploration.
  • Moon--Exploration--20th century.
  • Project Apollo (U.S.)
  • Space flight to the moon.
  • Space vehicles--Landing--Moon.
  • Space vehicles--Piloting.
  • Tranquility Base (Moon)
Genre Terms:
  • Transcripts.

Contents List (Request Materials)

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Container / Location Title
Volume   1  
Apollo 11 Moon Mission Commentary,   July 20, 1969 [series]

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Related Materials

Apollo 11 Mission Commentary (7/20/69 CDT 12:59-CDT 22:31). Available at following institutions:

  • Benson Ford Research Center, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan.
  • Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois.
  • Pierpont Morgan Library, Morgan Library and Museum, New York, New York.
  • New York Public Library, New York, New York.

Apollo 11 Mission Commentary, 7/16/69-7/24/69, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Bibliography

"Apollo 11," National Aeronautics and Space Administration, www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/missions/apollo11.html. Accessed January 2, 2019.

"Apollo 11 (AS-506)," National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, airandspace.si.edu/explore-and-learn/topics/apollo/apollo-program/landing-missions/apollo11.cfm. Accessed January 2, 2019.

"Apollo 11 Mission," Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association, www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/missions/apollo/apollo_11/experiments/lrr/ Accessed January 2, 2019.