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Out There: The Apollo 11 Mission

Primary Sources
"Apollo 11." NASA. NASA, n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2015.
NASAs website contains multiple pages chockfull of information related to the
Apollo 11 mission, including high definition videos and audio clips. The goal for
Apollo 11 was to perform a crewed lunar landing and return to Earth, according
to John F. Kennedy, who wanted to put men on the moon. Most of the landing
had been recorded with communications, and both still and motion picture
cameras. It also happened to be the final Apollo mission to allow the craft to
return without the engine firing. I used this website due to it being published by
NASA and because it contained an assortment of first-rate information.
"Apollo 11 (AS-506)." The Apollo Program). Smithsonian National Air and Space
Museum, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2015. <
This website by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum contains a
synopsis of the events along with some really great pictures that would look great
on my project. Once the astronauts landed, they were supposed to take a
scheduled sleep period, but instead delayed it until later, as they wanted to land on
the moon quicker. Once on the circular rock, Armstrong was the first to exit, in
which he recorded humankinds first step on the moon. I used this article because
it is by the Smithsonian, has valuable information (including important times),
and excellent photographs.
"Apollo 11 Flight Plan." National Archives and Records Administration. National
Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 2 Nov. 2015.
The National Archives is a website, and it has the flight plan for the Apollo 11
mission. This plan is a time line of the activities that the crew would have to go
through in order for the mission to be successful. The landing occurred 102
hours, 47 minutes, and 11 seconds after launch from Cape Kennedy. The mission
(in total) lasted eight days. I used this source as it was a document vital to the
"Buzz Aldrin Interview." Interview with Buzz Aldrin. Scholastic, n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2015.
This website contains an interview with Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin, one of the
astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission. According to the interview, Aldrin decided

to join NASA after his friend Ed White was chosen to be a pilot aboard the
Gemini. Also, apparently a pen saved the astronauts lives when the engine arms
circuit breaker had broken off after their moonwalk. I used this interview because
it is a first-hand account of what it was like to be in space and walk on the moon.
"First Explorers on the Moon." Man Walks on Another World National Geographic
Magazine. National Geographic, n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.
Although published online, this is actually a National Geographic magazine
article that was published in the December of 1969, several months after the moon
landing of the Apollo 11. The article is a transcript of the chat between Neil
Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, once they made their way back on
Earth after spending twenty-two hours on the moon. The astronauts chatted with
the console communicator in Houston, and discussed how successful the mission
along with if there was enough footage for those watching from their television
sets. I used this source because it was a transcript of dialogue from their descent
and return back to Earth.
"The First Lunar Landing." NASA Headquarters. NASA, n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.
This website contains the entire transcript of the Apollo 11s transmissions prior
to and when the craft landed on the moon. The transmissions mostly consist of the
CapCom conversing with Collins. Throughout the transcript, the speakers trade
responses to each others questions about the mission and what to do next. I used
this source because I can use it to quote events that occurred within the missions
time span and also has audio clips embedded into the websites code.
Secondary Sources
"Apollo 11." A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2015.
This webpage summarizes the Apollo 11 mission, along with the events that
preceded and followed the actual landing on the moon. The author(s) of this page
did an incredible job in letting the reader know about the landing with the amount
of information they give. The commander of the flight, Lance Armstrong, was
just an ordinary civilian research pilot when he decided to land the craft on the
moon. After seventy-six hours of flying through space, they landed. I used this
source for my project as it contained a detailed summarization of the Apollo 11
moon landing.
"Apollo 11 - The Flight to Glory." Apollo 11. Moon Connection, n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2015.

This website contains a rundown of the mission along with summaries of the
events during the preparation and actual lift-off. When the Apollo 11 began to
touch down on the moon, the original landing site was a crater full of boulders.
Due to low fuel, Armstrong landed in a spot not far away, followed by saying,
The Eagle has landed. I used this website because it contains information about
the landing and describes the Saturn V rocket and Apollo 11 craft.
Barbree, Jay. Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight. Thomas Dunne, 2014. Print.
This book is a biography about Neil Armstrong and his life before, during, and
after the Apollo 11, which changed his life forever, as he was the first man to ever
set foot on the moon in human history, accomplishing John F. Kennedys dream
of putting a man on the moon and getting them to return back to Earth safely. I
used this book because it is a biography about one of the astronauts aboard the
Apollo 11 when it landed on the moon.
"First Space Flights." Preparing for Apollo 11's Launch. Scholastic, n.d. Web. 1 Nov.
2015. <>.
This website describes the preparations set and that America would win the space
race should the Apollo 11 reach the moon safely. Armstrong mastered flying the
Lunar Module, while Collins piloted the Command Module. Collins, on the other
hand, successfully perfected eighteen different ways for the Lunar Module and the
Command Module to recombine, in case several things go wrong. I used this
website because it told me about Armstrongs and Collins ability to man the
different modules.
Watson, Stephanie. "How Lunar Landing's Work." HowStuffWorks., n.d. Web. 01 Nov. 2015.
This website illustrates how the mission unfolded, including dates and times for
each of the most important events that occurred. The Saturn V rocket (which had
been carrying the Apollo 11 spacecraft) had lifted off from the John F. Kennedy
Space Center at 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969. Once the astronauts returned on July
24, they were subject to quarantine (for 21 days). I used this source because it
neatly compacts the Apollo 11 mission with important details into the most
relevant dates of the mission.