This month marks the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969. Armstrong and Aldrin ventured onto the lunar surface on July 20, 1969 in the Eagle lander, and spent almost 24 hours exploring the terrain before rejoining Collins in the command module Columbia and returning to Earth.
Aldrin was in Alameda on July 26 to attend the “Splashdown 45” event aboard the USS Hornet which marked the 45th anniversary of the return to Earth of the astronauts. The USS Hornet was the recovery ship which picked up the Apollo 11 capsule when it splashed down in the Pacific on July 26, 1969. Mr. Aldrin said that he hopes the anniversary events will launch a renewed U.S. commitment to space exploration, and in particular to manned missions to Mars.
To find information in the library on the Apollo 11 lunar landing, look under the subject headings Space Flight to the Moon, Moon Exploration, and Apollo 11 Spacecraft. To find information on traveling to Mars, use the subject headings Mars Planet Exploration, and Space Flight to Mars.