“Apollo 11”, A documentary Written, Produced & Narrated by Jackson Tyler (Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HomemadeDocs)


Apollo 11 (July 16–24, 1969) was the American spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC, and Armstrong became the first person to step onto the Moon’s surface six hours and 39 minutes later, on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later, and they spent about two and a quarter hours together exploring the site they had named Tranquility Base upon landing. Armstrong and Aldrin collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth as pilot Michael Collins flew the Command Module Columbia in lunar orbit, and were on the Moon’s surface for 21 hours, 36 minutes before lifting off to rejoin Columbia. 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 it 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, 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.

After being sent to the Moon by the Saturn V’s third stage, the astronauts separated the spacecraft from it and traveled for three days until they entered lunar orbit. Armstrong and Aldrin then moved into Eagle and landed in the Sea of Tranquility on July 20.  The astronauts used Eagle’s ascent stage to lift off from the lunar surface and rejoin Collins in the command module.  They jettisoned Eagle before they performed the maneuvers that propelled Columbia out of the last of its 30 lunar orbits onto a trajectory back to Earth.

They returned to Earth and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24 after more than eight days in space.

Armstrong’s first step onto the lunar surface was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience. He described the event as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Apollo 11 effectively proved US victory in the Space Race to demonstrate spaceflight superiority, by fulfilling a national goal proposed in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, “before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”


Written, Produced & Narrated by Jackson Tyler (Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/HomemadeDocs)

My name is Jackson Tyler, and I am a student at the University of Pittsburgh. Since I was 16 years old, I have been uploading documentary films to the internet. My fascination is in world history, science, and space. While I am on track to earn a degree that may one day allow me to work on this professionally, I continue to assemble together films and build experience towards improving and perfecting my craft. Ultimately, I just want to be able to tell the best stories in the most captivating ways possible. I do not monetize my content on YouTube, and I do not plan to. Nothing I produce on my own time will ever be locked behind a paywall. These films are, in every sense of the word — home made. I have a tight circle of friends that help me by contributing their time and attention, feedback, and the occasional bit of artwork…but the script, narration, and editing are all my own. That is my voice you hear, for better or worse! There are no corporate sponsors or entities supporting my work.
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