NASA Missions

Apollo 11

Name : Apollo 11

Date of launch: July 16, 1969; 9:32 a.m

Crew: Neil Armstrong  Commander, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. Lunar Module Pilot, and Michael Collins Command Module Pilot.

Backup Crew: James A. Lovell Commander, Fred W. Haise Jr. Lunar Module Pilot, and
William A. Anders Command Module Pilot.

Mission: Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969, carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin into an initial Earth-orbit of 114 by 116 miles. An estimated 530 million people watched Armstrong's televised image and heard his voice describe the event as he took " small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" on July 20, 1969.
    Two hours, 44 minutes and one-and-a-half revolutions after launch, the S-IVB stage reignited for a second burn of five minutes, 48 seconds, placing Apollo 11 into a translunar orbit. The command and service module, or CSM, Columbia separated from the stage, which included the spacecraft-lunar module adapter, or SLA, containing the lunar module, or LM, Eagle. After transposition and jettisoning of the SLA panels on the S-IVB stage, the CSM docked with the LM. The S-IVB stage separated and injected into heliocentric orbit four hours, 40 minutes into the flight.

Sputnik 2

Name: Sputnik 2

Date:  November 3, 1957

Things on Board: (Dog) Laika

Mission: To send a living thing into space and back successfully.

Sputnik 1

Date of Launch: Oct. 4, 1957

Inventor: Henry Richter

Mission: Was to successfully launched and entered Earth's orbit

Apollo 13

"Houston we have a problem"

Date of launch: April 11, 1970, at 2:13 p.m.

Crew: mission commander Jim Lovell, command module pilot John Swigert and lunar module pilot Fred W. Haise.

Mission Highlights: The mission was aborted after the service module oxygen tank ruptured. Still, the mission was classified as a "successful failure" because of the experience gained in rescuing the crew.