pre-Launch to TLI-July 16
Length: 2 hours 41 minutes
Here is where the mission begins. The spacecraft orbits the Earth 1 1/2 times. "TLI" is Trans-lunar injection, which sends Apollo out of orbit towards the Moon.
Day 1 - July 16, 1969
Length: 3 hours 7 minutes
After a hectic and exciting liftoff, the crew settles down to their daily "routine" of basic housekeeping chores and navigation.
Day 2 - July 17, 1969
Length: 3 hours 36 minutes
A fairly "uneventful" day in space, if any day in space is uneventful. The highlight is a brief TV transmission of our home.
Day 3 - July 18, 1969
Length: 4 hours 54 minutes
The third day continues the trans-lunar coast. A minor concern arises due to the Soviet's mysterious Luna 15 mission, thought to be a last ditch attempt to return lunar samples first. Also viewers are given a first-hand tour of the Lunar module, Eagle.
Day 4 - July 19, 1969
Length: 4 hours 18 minutes
Apollo 11 finally enters Lunar orbit. A television broadcast is sent home on the second orbit, and then the crew settles down and rests in preparation for the next day.
Day 5-Eagle power-up -July 20
Length: 2 hours 26 minutes
This is the big day! The first task was the extensive powering up of Eagle. Every switch and piece of equipment had to be set just right, checked and double-checked. Finally, Eagle is given the "go" for undocking...
Day 5-Landing-July 20
Length: 4 hours 38 minutes
Now is the time...all that is needed now is to fire Eagle's engine and take 'er down. Included in this set are the normal comm tapes, but you will also find the extremely rare on-board recordings along with the Mission Controller's ground loop.
Day 5-Moonwalk-July 20
Length: 4 hours 10 minutes
With the most dangerous part of the mission behind them, Neil and Buzz could finally get down to the moonwalk. Originally scheduled for sleep, they decided to have the moonwalk first. After all they just LANDED ON THE MOON! Who would be able to sleep?
Day 6 - July 21, 1969
Length: 4 hours 31 minutes
Eagle lifts-off from the Moon and reunites with Michael Collins in orbit. With the mission objectives behind them, Columbia fires up its engine and heads for home.
Day 7 - July 22, 1969
Length: 2 hours 28 minutes
The crew settles in to a trans-Earth routine. Aldrin and Collins send back television of zero-gravity experiments such as how one eats dinner when dinner is floating in mid-air, or how to drink a "bubble" of water.
Day 8 to Re-entry-July 23-24
Length: 4 hours 29 minutes
The 3 men send back their final television broadcast with their thoughts on the weeks history making activities. They then prepare for re-entry, stowing their equipment and precious lunar samples. Re-entry happens on time and exactly as planned.