July 20 1969 Apollo 11 Lands On The Moon

I was 12 years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. The Apollo project captivated me. I remember staying up to watch the coverage of the landing, and the moon walk. It still gets to me whenever I watch this.

This documentary titled, Failure Is Not An Option, documents the events of the space program from Mercury through Apollo. Of course I’m biased but the whole thing is really good. If you want to just watch the part about Apollo 11 move to 53:43 on the video. The story is told through the eyes of the flight controllers. It is fascinating.

Here is the flight directors audio loop synced up with the video of the landing taken from the LEM.

I doubt we could ever do something like this again. We are so risk averse today we wouldn’t take the chance. For the guys who pulled this off, failure was a possibility. They were willing to accept that reality.

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