It had never been done before … Apollo 11: The Complete Descent
It had never been done before. But 50 years ago tomorrow July 20th, with the words, “You’re Go for landing”, Apollo 11 astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong received clearance to try and land on the moon.
I was 10-years-old when this took place and this was a pivotal day for me. Now, as a pilot myself, I still shake with excitement and awe of the skills of this team as I watch the final landing sequence, even now 50 years later.
Once the go for landing was announced, the next few minutes would contain more than a bit of drama. An unexpected boulder field and an unacceptably sloping crater loomed below.
Neil Armstrong was low on fuel, hand-flying a very fragile and not fully tested lunar lander with a porthole view of an alien landscape. His computer with less memory of a modern calculator could not be trusted, the radios were acting up, and he made the biggest decision of his life with millions watching live.
With only seconds of fuel remaining and with the help of Aldrin and mission control calling out data, Armstrong finally found a safe spot — and put the Eagle down.
This is one of the best videos of the event I have seen as it showcases specific details of the descent and landing on the moon with the actual transmissions from all involved.