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The day has come. At 8:32 am Eastern Time on July 16, 1969 the Apollo 11 mission was launched on the top of a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center’s 39A Launch Pad. On board were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who would land on the moon, and Michael Collins who would watch from above.
This week special events are taking place just about everywhere. While the American flag is seen in most NASA photos, the International Astronomical Union sees this as a celebration of human achievement rather than of national achievement. However you choose to look at it, this anniversary has led to a flood of new documentary films, including the aptly named Apollo 11, which uses archival video, photos, and audio to weave together a new style of documentary that is worth a watch.
In other Lunar news,there is a partial lunar eclipse tonight.
This event will be visible to folks in Africa, Europe, most of Asia, Australia, and South America. Who won’t see it? North America and Siberia. Check timeanddate.com to get timings for your ...