It had never been done before

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.

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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.

Video Credit: NASAApollo Flight Journal Compilation & Copyright: W. David Woods

Cliff is the owner and founder of UAV, and More than 35 years of senior management experience in wholesale, retail, on-line and manufacturing with a proven record of leadership and success. Cliff consults heavily in the UAV industry and holds FAA private sailplane and single engine license as well as Remote pilot certificates. Previously, Cliff was the digital evangelist at Wolf Camera. A 24-year veteran of Wolf, serving in a number of sales, management and senior management positions as the company grew from 5 to over 700 stores. Cliff served as WolfCamera.coms President, as well as Sr. VP of Internet commerce and new technology development.

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