118 The Moon Landing

Holy Crap Accomplishment: 1969 NASA Moon Landing

In 1966, after five years of work by an international team of scientists and engineers, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) conducted the first unmanned Apollo mission, testing the structural integrity of the proposed launch vehicle and spacecraft combination.

July 16: blast off. July 19: after traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered into a lunar orbit. July 20: at 1:46 p.m., the lunar module Eagle, manned by Armstrong and Aldrin, separated from the command module, where Collins remained. Two hours later, the Eagle began its descent to the lunar surface. July 20: 4:17 p.m. the craft touched down on the southwestern edge of the Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong immediately radioed to Mission Control in Houston, Texas, a now-famous message: "The Eagle has landed." July 20: 10:39 p.m., five hours ahead of the original schedule, Armstrong opened the hatch of the lunar module. As he made his way down the module's ladder, a television camera attached to the craft recorded his progress and beamed the signal back to Earth, where hundreds of millions watched in great anticipation. July 20: 10:56 p.m., as Armstrong stepped off the ladder and planted his foot on the moon’s powdery surface, he spoke his famous quote, which he later contended was slightly garbled by his microphone and meant to be "that's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." July 20: 11:15 pm Aldrin joined him on the moon's surface, and together they took photographs of the terrain, planted a U.S. flag, ran a few simple scientific tests and spoke with President Richard Nixon (1913-94) via Houston. July 21: 1:11 a.m., both astronauts were back in the lunar module and the hatch was closed. The two men slept that night on the surface of the moon. July 21: 1:54 p.m. the Eagle began its ascent back to the command module. Among the items left on the surface of the moon was a plaque that read: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon—July 1969 A.D.—We came in peace for all mankind." July 21: 5:35 p.m., Armstrong and Aldrin successfully docked and rejoined Collins. July 22: 12:56 a.m. Apollo 11 began its journey home. July 24: 12:50 pm safely splashing down in the Pacific Ocean .

Holy Crap Thinking

Outrageous Goal. JFK issues challenge in 1961. Sometimes politics pushes us faster or farther than we would go on our own. "We would either land on the moon, we would crash attempting to land, or we would abort," Gene Kranz said simply. "The final two outcomes were not good." That is an understatement on a grand scale.

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Holy Crap Quote:

“One small step for man, one giant step for mankind.”

Neil Armstrong

“For one priceless moment in the whole history of man, all the people on this Earth are truly one.” President Richard Nixon, in telephone call to Armstrong and Aldrin while they were on the moon.

Holy Crap Challenge:

Think Bigger: Too often our goals are not big enough. I challenge you to dream bigger and then think strategically to accomplish more

Reach Higher: Challenge yourself to do what you have never done before. Maybe it needs to be

one of those Big Hairy Audacious Ideas, seemingly impossible.

Do the Impossible: Challenge yourself to persist through what seems like a disaster. Don’t quit

unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember those last few seconds before Armstrong landed on

the moon. He trained so he could solve whatever problem was thrown at him and still succeed.

Without that training, he might have been a sad footnote in history.

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