4
| Events |

Man's Mission to the Moon Turns 43: Here's How to Celebrate in the Valley

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of spaceflight Apollo 11, when Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon (don't forget: Michael Collins made the trip too, but stayed in orbit.)

There's always less national fanfare for these "in-between" anniversaries -- a daytime event at the Challenger Space Center is all we could find in The Valley.

And unfortunately, last night was a new moon - meaning "no" moon - so tonight's view of Luna will be a barely visible sliver in the sky. So instead of staring at the sky, check out these videos for some planetary eye candy and a chance to celebrate our one giant leap ...

1. Apollo 11 launches

On July 16, 1969 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the rocket Saturn V launched into orbit, beginning the Apollo 11 mission.

2. "That's one small step for [a] man..."

Although Armstrong and Aldrin landed on July 20, no one exited the Apollo Lunar Module until the 21st.

3. Astronauts return home

Watch the shuttle safely splash into the Pacific plus five more minutes of well-deserved pride and patriotism.

4. Neil Armstrong's 2005 interview on 60 Minutes

A sheepish Armstrong agrees to sit with Ed Bradley for one of his few TV interviews about the historic mission. Then 75 years old, Armstrong downplays his role, chalking it up to circumstance.

5. Ali G talks to Buzz Aldrin

Remember when Sacha Baron Cohen was funny? Me neither. But here, his poser hip-hop character Ali G interviews Buzz Aldrin. Points for tolerating Cohen's questions for almost five minutes.

Follow Jackalope Ranch on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.