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still celebrates America's Apollo 11 mission for first moon landing in 1969 and
venerates Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and NASA..
The world still celebrates America's Apollo 11 mission for the first moon
landing on July 20, 1969. Likewise, the world still venerates Michael
Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and NASA.
As the world celebrated while watching live television broadcasts (in black and
white in those days when video was still in its infancy), virtually no one
outside top echelons at NASA knew what an extraordinary feat the pilot of the
lunar lander, Neil Armstrong, accomplished by landing safely.
Realizing that the computer guiding the landing trajectory was being taxed
beyond its capacity, Armstrong took control of the lander manually and guided it
over and across boulder-filled areas to finally find a safe landing spot with
only 15 seconds of fuel left. Once this information became public,
everyone understood why Mission Control in Houston replied to Armstrong's
statement, "Houston, Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed" by
not merely expressing elation but also saying, "Roger, Tranquility, we copy
you on the ground-- you got a bunch of guys about to turn blue-- we're breathing
again, thanks a lot." because they had been holding their collective breath
in fear that he would run out of fuel before being able to find a safe landing