Relive History: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Launch

July 16, 2019 - 10:06 am

By Ameera Butt

(KNX) - It's been 50 years since that fateful moment when astronauts made history with their voyage to the moon.

Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969 at 9:32 a.m., propelling the Saturn V rocket carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin Jr. into space.

Four days later on July 20th, history was made with man stepping on the moon.

"Fifty-two minutes til man begins the greatest adventure in his history.." said Walter Cronkite in the broadcast. "Man is about to launch himself on a trip to the moon with the expectation of landing there."

He went on to detail how the three astronauts had a good breakfast in Florida at 4:15 am July 16 and were pronounced "fit as a fiddle and ready to go."

Cronkite went on to detail each astronaut's accomplishments and the role each would play in space. 

He called it "the most dangerous, the most thrilling" of missions.

Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon in the Sea of Tranquility region for three hours.

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WATCH THE CBS YOUTUBE VIDEO FEATURING WALTER CRONKITE:

WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE LAUNCH OF APOLLO 11: