On This Day-The Right Stuff Day 2
It’s 17 July 1969, day 2 of Apollo 11’s mission to the Moon. The capsule command module or Columbia has docked with the LeM or Eagle as the long flight to the moon begins. Armstrong and Aldrin will be the men to land and walk on the Moon, as Mike Collins will remain in Columbia as over watch and to recover the Eagle when it returns from the Moon.
Buzz Aldrin took this amazing image of Earth out of the port window.
All the communications and control took place in at mission control in Houston, Tx. All the astronauts were even monitored for their vitals, keeping an eye on heart rate, blood pressure and any stress that any of the astronauts may encounter during the mission.
An important part of the team that was present in mission control was JoAnn Morgan, the only woman that was involved with the launch. But there were also other women involved behind the scenes will have details on them later. Morgan was hired by NASA in 1958 as an aerospace engineer. Brilliant in helping to design some of the launch vehicles throughout the program. She was the only female engineer for NASA for quite awhile.
As the mission continues on. Will visit day 3. Columbia out.
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