Vintage NASA press photo shows Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard, foreground, and Ed Mitchell on the Moon, February 1971. (via)
Houston, we’re about fifteen minutes into extravehicular activity. Ed is preparing to take samples and setting up the rest of the equipment. I’ve exited the lunar module and am now on my way to help him.
Exactly 45 years ago today, after months of preparation, Apollo 11 embarked on its now-legendary mission to the moon. But what exactly does it take to send three men into the great, vacuous unknown? See for yourself.
This 353-page document is the entire Apollo 11 flight plan in all its scientific glory. And if it gets a little confusing it’s because this is one of those rare cases where, yes, it actually is rocket science.
And as an added bonus, NASA has also kindly made available the entire Apollo 11 onboard voice transcription. Yep—you get to be privy to every last word uttered between our three space heroes as they were making history happen.