The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. It was the fifth human spaceflight of Project Apollo and the third human voyage to the Moon. Launched on July 16, 1969, it carried Mission Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon, while Collins orbited above.
In July 2009, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the NASA moon landings, ITN is producing five special 10-minute programmes for ITV1 titled Mission to the Moon – News from 1969. The programmes take the form of news bulletins, reporting on the day’s events of 1969. John Suchet, a former ITN newscaster, is the presenter of these specials; he is aided by a team of correspondents including Peter Snow, who was an ITN newscaster and correspondent between 1962 and 1979.
Neil Armstrong passed away on Saturday, 25th August 2012 at the age of 82.