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Monday, July 14, 2014

The 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (Program 144)

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on another celestial body.  The triumph of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing was the culmination of many years of work, effort, and research.  It was also the culmination of years of sacrifice, of great triumphs and sorrowful tragedies.  From the earliest space launches, to the first orbital flights, from President Kennedy's commitment that we should land on the moon before the end of the 1960s, to that final triumph in that decade that had brought so much strife and unrest to the nation, the goal was accomplished, and the triumph of American industry, manufacturing, and ingenuity shone brightly.  On Galaxy Moonbeam Night Site, we look back to those days in a 45th anniversary retrospective.  We talk about the journey to the moon through all the years of effort.  We remember the emotions and feelings as man walked on the moon.  We look back at how science fiction became science fact.  Additionally, we also listen to extensive radio news broadcasts to put you back in that place and time.  Join us for this anniversary look back at Apollo 11 and astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.