The Apollo 11 Command Module COLUMBIA was the cramped living quarters for the three-person crew during most of the first manned lunar landing mission in July 1969.
On the left, a closeup of the control panel in front of the astronauts. In the middle, the full APOLLO 11 Command Module. To the right, panoramic view of the three seats and cramped quarters of the space craft.
On July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins were launched from Cape Kennedy atop a Saturn V rocket. This Command Module, no. 107, manufactured by North American Rockwell, was one of three parts of the complete Apollo spacecraft.
The other two parts were the Service Module and the Lunar Module, nicknamed "Eagle."
The Service Module contained the main spacecraft propulsion system and consumables while the Lunar Module was the two-person craft used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to descend to the Moon's surface on July 20.
This Command Module is the only portion of the spacecraft to return to Earth.
Hard to believe they made it back alive in these cramped quarters with what would be antiquated technology by today's standards. What a monumental American achievement! These photographs reveal the heroism of those who venture into space even though there are incredible risks involved.
Perhaps the greatest feat today ever achieved by mankind.
February 27th, 2020
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