80% of Americans who were 8 or older on July 20, 1969 can remember where they were when they watched Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong put the first human footprint on the moon’s surface, according to Pew Research.
Saturday marked the 44th anniversary of that historic event.
On September 12, 1962 President John F. Kennedy spoke to a crowd at Rice Stadium in Houston and said, “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
His promise came to fruition when Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sat atop a Saturn V rocket and lifted off at 8:32 am CDT from Launch Complex 39A July 16th at the Kennedy Space Center, destination: the moon.
The Eagled landed on the moon at 3:18 CDT with 30 seconds of fuel remaining and those old enough to remember will hold forever in their hearts, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”