At 9:32 a.m. EDT, Apollo 11, the first U.S. lunar landing mission, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a historic journey to the surface of the moon. After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered into a lunar orbit on July 19.
This is one of my most vivid memories as a child. I was 2 weeks short of my 7th birthday. My mother and I watched with anticipation and fear as the clock counted down. We knew what was going to follow this momentous occasion if it was successful. For the next three days I begged her to let me stay up late on the night they would land on the moon on the edge of the Sea of Tranquility.