Apollo 11/Saturn 5 preparing for lift-off, Apollo 11, July 1969

Apollo 11/Saturn 5 preparing for lift-off, Apollo 11, July 1969


Vintage gelatin silver print, 20.2 x 25.4 cm

NASA S-69-38658, caption on verso

[NASA description] High angle view of Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Centre, showing the 363 foot tall Apollo 11 (Spacecraft 107 / Lunar Module 5 / Saturn 506) space vehicle on pad. This photograph was taken during Apollo 11 Countdown Demonstration Test (CDDT) activity.

The primary objective of Apollo 11 was to complete a national goal set by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961: perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth.

Additional flight objectives included scientific exploration by the lunar module, or LM, crew; deployment of a television camera to transmit signals to Earth; and deployment of a solar wind composition experiment, seismic experiment package and a Laser Ranging Retroreflector. During the exploration, the two astronauts were to gather samples of lunar-surface materials for return to Earth. They also were to extensively photograph the lunar terrain, the deployed scientific equipment, the LM spacecraft, and each other, both with still and motion picture cameras. This was to be the last Apollo mission to fly a "free-return" trajectory, which would enable a return to Earth with no engine firing, providing a ready abort of the mission at any time prior to lunar orbit insertion.

About the Apollo 11 mission here


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