Race for Space: Kennedy's Dream of a Man on the Moon (03:47)
The race for space arose out of the Cold War. A Russian astronaut is the first man in space. On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy says America will put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. Apollo 11 is poised on the launch pad on July 16, 1969.
Countdown and Liftoff for Apollo 11 (04:09)
Chet Huntley and David Brinkley provide commentary about the space race and Apollo 11 as the rocket is about to be launched towards the moon. Archival film footage covers the events up to and including liftoff at 9:32 AM ET on July 16, 1969.
Apollo 11's Journey Into Space (04:19)
Archival film footage shows the Apollo 11 reaching 30 miles above Earth as it releases its outboard engine. David Brinkley describes the launch and the crowd gathered to watch the launch. Astronauts talk to the Houston ground crew.
Interviews With Apollo 11 Astronauts (02:22)
NBC News records interviews with each of the three Apollo 11 astronauts the day before the launch. Each of them speaks of their humility and the honor afforded to them. They express gratitude to everyone responsible for the Apollo 11 mission.
July 18, 1969: Apollo 11 Nears the Moon (02:16)
On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission remains flawless. In the evening, Apollo 11 will coast into the moon's gravitational pull and begin to pick up speed. Television viewers around the world see the inside of the capsule.
Man Lands on the Moon (03:06)
On July 20, 1969, the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module) leaves its docking station for the lunar surface. Michael Collins remains in the space capsule. Armstrong reports, "The Eagle has landed." An estimated 1/5 of the world's population watch Armstrong step onto the moon's surface.
Astronauts on Lunar Surface (03:58)
After his first, historical step onto the lunar surface, Neil Armstrong reports what he sees and experiences to mission control and to the world. Armstrong and Aldrin unveil the plaque that remains on the moon. Nixon addresses the astronauts.
Photographs from the Moon (03:19)
Color photographs taken by the astronauts on the lunar surface offer spectacular views not seen through the television cameras. The Eagle lifts off the lunar surface, docks with Columbia, and safely returns to Earth.
Astronauts and Moon Rocks in Quarantine (03:49)
On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts return to Earth, bearing 60 pounds of lunar material. All three men enter 18 days of quarantine in case they brought back harmful microbes from the moon. Moon rocks create much interest among scientists.
Astronaut Heroes (04:35)
Apollo 11's humble astronauts receive a hero's welcome. Armstrong keeps a relatively low public profile since his walk on the moon. Archival film footage shows the Apollo 11 astronauts 10, 15, 20, and 25 years after the Eagle landed on the moon.
News Commentators on the Lunar Mission (04:13)
Archival footage from July 16, 1969, reveals what news commentators had to say about the lunar landing, the space program, and the significance of both. These men include Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, and Frank McGee.
America's Space Program (04:13)
Brian Williams presents an overview of America's space program. At its outset, the space race was a product of the Cold War.
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