This Day in Space History – July 16th, 1969 – Apollo 11 Launched

The first mission destined to take men to the moon was launched on this day in history.

On July 16th, 1969, the NASA mission Apollo 11 blasted off into space onboard a Saturn V rocket. The mission carried three astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Following a series of missions that tested the hardware and logistics of the program, Apollo 11 would take Armstrong and Aldrin to the surface of the moon four days later.

apollo 11 launch

On July 16th, 1969, the NASA mission Apollo 11 blasted off into space onboard a Saturn V rocket. Courtesy: NASA

The mission was a success and made history, and led to the United States winning the “space race,” after the repeated failures of the Soviet N1 program.

There would be several more manned missions to the moon in the program through the 1970s. After the conclusion of the Apollo program, no men or women from any country have stepped on the lunar surface since, as of the writing of this article.

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