Apollo 11's epoch-changing mission - from the spectacular launch of the massive Saturn V rocket at Cape Kennedy
in Florida to the crew's joyous splashdown in the Pacific Ocean - lasted eight days.
After five minutes Apollo 11 was 270 nautical miles downrange of Cape Kennedy
and 82 miles high, travelling at 12,472 feet per second (8,503mph).
Fifty years ago tomorrow, 16 July, 1969, the launch of Apollo 11 from Cape Kennedy
had seemed to me the start of an amazing adventure.
REAL BLAST: Saturn rocket is launched Cape Kennedy
in Florida as the Apollo mission takes off
On July 16 Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy
carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin.
The launch of the Saturn V rocket took place at Cape Kennedy
Space Centre with Neil Armstrong, Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin and Michael Collins on board and film and photos of the launch will be shown on the centre's big screen.
When it launched on July 16, 1969, from Cape Kennedy
on the east coast of Florida, there were more than a million spectators packing the highways and beaches.
The Slovak, 30, had better give the space cadets at Cape Kennedy
a call and ask for advice on how to catch a shooting star.
If I do it out loud, I sound like I'm launching rockets from Cape Kennedy
, and I have yet to discover a way of dangling my watch in front of my face so I can see the second hand.
27, 1967, a preflight test was in progress for the Apollo 204 mission when tragedy struck on the launchpad at Cape Kennedy
. The men who were supposed to take part in the first crewed flight of Apollo astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee would never make it off the ground.
1971 Apollo 15 is launched from Cape Kennedy
, Florida, for a fourth lunar landing and the debut of the lunar rover.
Alligators have been removed from numerous golf courses, highways and waterways, but also from a Port Charlotte minor league baseball dugout, the fenced-in yard of a Manatee County middle school and the NASA runways at Cape Kennedy
. They wake people in the middle of the night by lurching around in lanais, carports and porches, or in one case, by "knocking" on the front door with a powerful snout.