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Apollo 11: Apollo Programs

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary - celebrating the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969

Project Apollo

Project Apollo's goals went beyond landing Americans on the Moon and returning them safely to Earth. They included:

  • Establishing the technology to meet other national interests in space.
  • Achieving preeminence in space for the United States.
  • Carrying out a program of scientific exploration of the Moon.
  • Developing man's capability to work in the lunar environment.

Rocket and Spacecraft
The flight mode, lunar orbit rendezvous, was selected in 1962. The boosters for the program were the Saturn IB for Earth orbit flights and the Saturn V for lunar flights. 

Apollo was a three-part spacecraft: the command module (CM), the crew's quarters and flight control section; the service module (SM) for the propulsion and spacecraft support systems (when together, the two modules are called CSM); and the lunar module (LM), to take two of the crew to the lunar surface, support them on the Moon, and return them to the CSM in lunar orbit.

Research Links


Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

History Channel


NASA - Traveling In Space

NASA website with information about getting to space and then living and working in space
Howstuffworks "How Space Shuttles Work"
Detailed description of how the Space Shuttle works. Click on the 'next' button on the bottom of each page for more information
The Apollo Program
Information on all Apollo missions
Exploring the Moon: Apollo 13 Mission
Apollo 13 mission
Howstuffworks "How Space Stations Work"
Everything you want to know about the Space Station

Apollo 11 Flight Plan

National Archives Apollo 11 Flight Plan