NASA just re-released the original Apollo 11 press kit from July 6, 1969

Originally released 50 years ago today,


Apollo Press Kit Cover
Credit NASA

“The United States will launch a three-man spacecraft toward the moon on July 16 with the goal of landing two astronaut-explorers on the lunar surface four days later.
If the mission–called Apollo 11–is successful, man will accomplish his long-time dream of walking on another celestial body.”

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Command module pilot Michael Collins flew the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon’s surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface at a site they named Tranquility Base before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.

Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida, on July 16 at 13:32 UTC, and was the fifth crewed mission of NASA’s Apollo program. The Apollo spacecraft had three parts: a command module (CM) with a cabin for the three astronauts, and the only part that returned to Earth; a service module (SM), which supported the command module with propulsion, electrical power, oxygen, and water; and a lunar module (LM) that had two stages – a descent stage for landing on the Moon, and an ascent stage to place the astronauts back into lunar orbit.

An estimated 300,000 people came to Brevard County for the launch. Among them was an eclectic list of VIPs including Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Byron White as well as retired Air Force Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, the World War II hero.

“Every time there is another Apollo mission, we say it is the most demanding yet. Because every time there is another Apollo mission, that happens to be true,” Newsman Walter Cronkite said to open his launch-day broadcast. “Each mission is planned as another step in the ultimate goal of landing a man on the moon. Apollo 10 … marks the first time the complete Apollo spacecraft will operate around the moon.”

NASA Headquarters Historical Reference Collection have been digitized and made available for use by researchers. Included are PDFs of Press Kits, Press Releases, Mission Transcripts, and Speeches. The Press Kits are primarily from shuttle missions but also included are Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Apollo Soyuz Test Project press kits. Additionally, there are press kits from International Space Station Expeditions and from the deployment of a variety of satellites and probes.

This is one of those documents. Enjoy this true piece of historical American Space and Aviation History. The Re-released press kit can be viewed and read in its original form via