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Apollo 11

Occurred 55 years ago

The primary objective of Apollo 11 was to complete a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961: perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth.

Mission Type

Lunar Landing


Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins


July 16, 1969


July 24, 1969

Neil Armstrong

First human to set foot on the Moon.

Armstrong was the commander for the Apollo 11 mission.

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S64-31453 (1964) — Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong.
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Apollo 11 Mission Overview

“The Eagle has landed…” Mission Objective The primary objective of Apollo 11 was to complete a national goal set by…

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Who Was Neil Armstrong? (Grades K-4)

Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon. He was an astronaut. He flew on two space missions. One was Apollo 11. That mission landed on the moon. He was also an engineer, a pilot and a college professor.

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Apollo 11 Articles

Read about the details of this landmark mission to the Moon.

55 Years Ago: Astronaut Armstrong Survives LLRV Crash
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On May 6, 1968, NASA astronaut Neil A. Armstrong took off on a simulated lunar landing mission in a Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) at Houston’s Ellington Air Force Base (AFB). After about five minutes of nominal flying, the vehicle…

50 Years Ago: Apollo 11 Lunar Science Conference
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Less than five months after Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin returned from their Moon landing mission with 48 pounds of lunar samples, scientists who conducted preliminary studies of those samples met to…

50 Years Ago: Apollo 11 Astronauts Return from Around the World Goodwill Tour
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What do you do for an encore when you’ve just completed the first human Moon landing mission? You go on a 38-day around the world goodwill tour, visiting 29 cities in 24 countries, at the request of the President of…

50 Years Ago: Apollo 11 Astronauts Address Congress
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The Apollo 11 astronauts’ busy August 1969 postflight schedule continued into September with events throughout the United States. These included attending hometown parades, dedicating a stamp to commemorate their historic mission, unveiling a display of a Moon rock they collected,…

Space Samples Link NASA’s Apollo 11 and Mars 2020
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On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 command module Columbia splashed down in the Pacific, fulfilling President Kennedy’s goal to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth. Among the mission’s many firsts was the acquisition and…

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