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Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin

Launched: July 16, 1969 • Landed: July 20, 1969 • Splashdown: July 24, 1969

 

—“That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” —

 
Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
1. Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin Marker
Inscription. Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, spoke his famous words as he stepped onto the surface of the Moon.

On July 20, 1969, President John F. Kennedy's mandate that America go to the Moon was fulfilled - Apollo 11's lunar module Eagle touched down in the lunar Sea of Tranquility. As astronaut Michael Collins orbited in the command module Columbia, a television audience of unprecedented scope watched Neil Armstrong become the first human to set foot upon the Moon. During their brief two and a half hours of exploration, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin gathered samples of lunar rocks and dust, planted an American flag onto the lunar surface, and conducted scientific experiments - all the while discovering how best to move about in the Moon's low-gravity environment. Upon their return to Earth, the crew was immediately quarantined to avoid spreading possible lunar microbes. Almost three weeks later, healthy, and anxious to go home, they were released to a heroes' welcome.
 
Location. 34° 42.669′ N, 86° 39.339′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Tranquility Base half a mile west of Old Madison Pike NW, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Footprint & signature of Neil Armstrong image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
2. Footprint & signature of Neil Armstrong
Cmd. Pilot, Gemini 8 and Apollo 11
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conrad • Gordon • Bean (here, next to this marker); Lovell • Swigert • Haise (here, next to this marker); Shepard • Roosa • Mitchell (here, next to this marker); McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart / Stafford • Young • Cernan (here, next to this marker); Scott • Worden • Irwin (here, next to this marker); Young • Mattingly • Duke (a few steps from this marker); Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham / Borman • Lovell • Anders (a few steps from this marker); Cernan • Evans • Schmitt (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceExploration
 
Footprint and Signature of Col Buzz Aldrin PH. D. image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
3. Footprint and Signature of Col Buzz Aldrin PH. D.
Pilot Gemini 12; LM Pilot Apollo 11
Apollo 11 - Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
4. Apollo 11 - Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin
Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin skecth at Marshall Space Fight Center image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 23, 2010
5. Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin skecth at Marshall Space Fight Center
Launched from Florida on July 16, the third lunar mission of NASA's Apollo Program (and the first G-type mission) was crewed by Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquility and became the first humans to walk on the Moon.
Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin plaques at the Marshall Space Flight Center Museum image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 23, 2010
6. Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin plaques at the Marshall Space Flight Center Museum
Apollo 11 - Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin at U.S. Space & Rocket Center image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
7. Apollo 11 - Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin at U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin hand casts at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
8. Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin hand casts at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
A tribute to the Lunar Landing image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
9. A tribute to the Lunar Landing
"One Small Step..."
Moon Landing
July 20, 1969

Sculptor Herbert L Gonzalez
U.S. Space Camp California
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 561 times since then and 79 times this year. Last updated on July 14, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querιtaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on October 25, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   2, 3. submitted on October 27, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 25, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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