Highland Road Park Observatory

APOLLO 11 45th ANNIVERSARY PARTY

Saturday, 19 July from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Free admission and for all ages.

This week the world celebrates one of humanity's monumental events. The courageous trip was made by three men with computer power that pales in comparison to those of today's vehicles.

On 20 July 1969 Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin set foot on Earth’s only natural satellite, with Armstrong placing his left foot on the lunar soil at 9:56 pm CDT. As Armstrong moved down the ladder he pulled a “D-ring” which deployed a television camera

At 10:48 pm CDT President Nixon phoned the astronauts: “Neil and Buzz, I am talking to you from the Oval Room at the White House. And this certainly has to be the most historic telephone call ever made. For every American this has to be the proudest day of our lives. And for people all over the world I am sure they, too, join with Americans in recognizing what a feat this is. Because of what you have done, the heavens have become a part of man's world. As you talk to us from the Sea of Tranquility, it inspires us to redouble our efforts to bring peace and tranquility to Earth. For one priceless moment, in the whole history of man, all the people on this Earth are truly one.”

Armstrong responded: “Thank you, Mr. President. It's a great honor and privilege for us to be here representing not only the United States but men of peace of all nations. And with interest and a curiosity and a vision for the future. It's an honor for us to be able to participate here today.”

Meantime, Michael Collins remained in the command/service module, dutifully orbiting the Moon.

We paid five more visits to the Moon, the last in 1972. When will America go back?

The public is invited to a night replete with refreshments, games and archival images! Weather permitting, viewing of Mars, Saturn and deep-sky objects will take place.

RESOURCES:

The Apollo Program
“One Giant Leap for Mankind”
Apollo 11 Landing Site
Commander Neil Armstrong
Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin
Command Module Pilot Michael Collins Apollo 11 Overview at Lunar and Planetary Institute
Death of Neil Armstrong
NSSDC Information on Apollo 11
“A Stark Beauty All Its Own”
Apollo 11 Objects at the Smithsonian
Ham Radio Reception of Apollo 11 Landing

NOTE: The party should not be confused with the lecture concerning Apollo 11, which takes place on Friday the 18th at 7:30 pm.

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Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, July 11, 2014 5:52:20 PM.