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50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON LANDING 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON LANDING

SPECIAL NEWSPAPER

APOLLO 11 FLIGHT A Walkthrough in 16 Steps STEP 1 16 July, 1969, 13:32 Launch by a Saturn V rocket. This is followed by two revolutions in Earth orbit

STEP 2 2h 44-50m Third stage of the rocket reignits to send the spacecraft to the Moon

STEP 3 3h 5m CSM separates from the third stage and the LM is uncovered

STEP 4 3h 24m - 4h 17m The CSM extracts the LM and they continue to the Moon (the rocket stage will miss it)

STEP 5 3d 4h After 3 days travel the SM engine slows the spacecraft to enter Moon orbit

STEP 6 3d 23h In Moon orbit, Armstrong and Aldrin move to the LM

STEP 7 4d 4h The CSM and LM separate, the CSM with Collins onboard remains in Moon orbit

STEP 8 20 July, 20:17 Landing using the descent stage engine (4d 6h)

STEP 9 21 July, 02:56 First step on the Moon by Armstrong (4d 13h)

STEP 10 5d 4h 21½ hours after the landing the ascent stage lifts off

STEP 11 5d 8h The ascent stage goes into Moon orbit and docks with the CSM

STEP 12 5d 10h After the crew is united in the CM the ascent stage is moved away

STEP 13 5d 15h The SM engine is fired to escape Moon orbit and go to the Earth

STEP 14 8d 2h 49m Before reentry the CM separates from the SM and turns 180° to face the heat shield forward

STEP 15 8d 3h 00-18m Air friction heats the shield and slows the CM until it can be landed by parachutes on 24 July, 16:50

STEP 16 8d 4h Astronauts are picked up and brought to an aircraft carrier

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