Apollo 11 Plus 45: How Neil Armstrong Saved the Day on the Moon

July 20, 2014 6:32 PM

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Apollo 11 Plus 45: How Neil Armstrong Saved the Day on the Moon

Thirteen hundred feet above the moon's surface, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin began their final descent in the Eagle lunar module. It was 4:15 p.m. Eastern time, 45 years ago today.

Transparent flames gushed downward as the Eagle slowed. Neil had flown his mission right along the edge of the razor. He and Buzz functioned as one. Now they were doing more than just falling moonward. They were so close Neil had to fly the lunar lander. He punched "Proceed" into his keyboard. The c...

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