HIGHLIGHTS OF THE APOLLO PROGRAM:
The launch of Apollo 11 occurred on July 16, 1969. Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon's surface on July 20. Some believe his "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" marked the most significant event of the 20th century. Buzz Aldrin drove the Lunar Module, and Michael Collins piloted the Command Module, the Columbia. Splashdown occurred in the Pacific Ocean on July 24.
Seventeen Apollo missions took place from 1967 to 1972. Six involved manned lunar landings. On January 27, 1967, the first manned Apollo mission ended with a launchpad fire and the tragic deaths of astronauts Roger Chaffee, Gus Grissom and Ed White.
In 1968, Apollo 8 was the first successful manned lunar orbit. Crew members William Anders, Frank Borman and James Lovell Jr. were the first humans to see the far side of the moon and bring back pictures of Earth from our moon.
Apollo 17 made the last manned lunar landing in 1972 with astronauts Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt.
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