The first manned mission to the moon was 50 years ago. Now, a member crew is returning to revisit memories
He was there 50 years ago being a part when man made history with Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon. And he was there again to recall the greatest leap man took 50 years ago. On Tuesday, Michael Collins who is now 88, visited Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. In fact, he marked the specific time when the Apollo team took off – 09:32 (13:32 GMT).
Apollo 11 mission that launched the history of manned space travel, celebrated it’s 50th anniversary
Revisiting Apollo 11 launch day
The Apollo mission took off to the Moon with three crew members – Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. While Collins stayed back in lunar orbit the other two stepped out to the Moon.
So, Tuesday marked a special day as the mission’s 50th anniversary. But the event was only attended by Micheal Collins. Aldrin who is now 89 did not attend while Neil Armstrong died in 2012.
Collins remembered the launch day on launchpad 39A from where Apollo 11 took off. Indeed it was an emotional moment for him. He said, “The shockwave from the rocket power hits you,” he told Nasa TV. “Your whole body is shaking. This gives you an entirely… different concept of what power really means.”
Furthermore, he continued, “You’re suspended in the cockpit… as you lift off. From then on it’s a quieter, more rational, silent ride all the way to the moon. We crew felt the weight of the world on our shoulders, we knew that everyone would be looking at us, friend or foe.”