PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY SETS EXPECTIONS FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS
Addressing Congress on May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy said, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth”
This objective was important because developments in the Soviet Union and elsewhere had overshadowed advancements in the United States. Putting a man on the moon proved to be very expensive and high-risk but the success of this mission achieved its objective of elevating the United States to a new level of world leadership.
AMERICANS WATCH IN AWE AS THE APOLLO 11 BEGINS ITS JOURNEY TO THE MOON
It was 9:32 AM on July 16, 1969 at Kennedy Space Center, FL when Neil Armstrong, “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins were launched into space headed toward the Moon. Despite many months of intensive training, they nervously thought about the journey ahead while the thrusting force pressed them against their seats.
The Apollo 11 was made up of several parts. Later in the mission, the lunar module would detach and land on the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin would use it to conduct their research and experiments on the moon while Collins continued orbiting the moon in the command module. Later the lunar module would reattach to the command module to return them to Earth. The crew nicknamed the command module “Columbia” and the lunar module “Eagle,” which Armstrong referred to when he auspiciously announced, “The Eagle has landed.”
THIS EAGLE PATCH COMMEMMORATES THE APOLLO 11 MISSION TO THE MOON
On the last evening in space, the Apollo astronauts addressed the American public via television and commented on their experiences during the mission.
Commander Neil Armstrong said: "…The responsibility for this flight lies first with history and with the giants of science who have preceded this effort; next with the American people, who have, through their will, indicated their desire; next with four administrations and their Congresses, for implementing that will; and then, with the agency and industry teams that built our spacecraft, the Saturn, the Columbia, the Eagle, and the little EMU, the spacesuit and backpack that was our small spacecraft out on the lunar surface.
We would like to give special thanks to all the Americans who built the spacecraft; who did the construction, design, tests, and put their hearts and their abilities into those craft. To those people tonight, we give a special thank you, and to all the other people listening and watching tonight, God bless you. Good night from Apollo 11."
NEIL ARMSTRONG - THE FIRST MAN TO WALK ON THE MOON
Lunar Module Pilot, Edwin "Buzz" E. Aldrin, Jr. said: “This has been far more than three men on a mission to the Moon; more, still, than the efforts of a government and industry team; more, even, than the efforts of one nation. We feel that this stands as a symbol of the insatiable curiosity of all mankind to explore the unknown. Today I feel we're fully capable of accepting expanded roles in the exploration of space.”
This success of this mission, landing men on the Moon and returning them safely back to Earth, was an extraordinary event. It set the stage for many future explorations and accomplished the task of elevating the global status of the technological and political status of the US.
AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPH OF APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUTS
The commemoration of Apollo 11 has been widespread with historical memorabilia and anniversary celebrations. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has been an avid collector of American artifacts for more than 25 years. He is proud to include an autographed official NASA portrait of the Apollo 11 astronauts in his collection of museum-quality items.
Select pieces in this overall collection may soon be available for sale or trade. If you have a serious interest, please fill out the contact form below. Mr. Amyx would appreciate the opportunity to engage in a confidential discussion with you about a topic or item of interest.
RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX - HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR