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"Columbia". Do you remember?
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National Air and Space Museum - Washington ---July 16-24, 1969-- First Manned Lunar Landing Mission. The Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia" carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins on their historic voyage to the Moon and back on July 16-24, 1969. This mission culminated in the first human steps on another world. The Apollo 11 spacecraft had three parts: the Command Module, the Service Module, and the Lunar Module "Eagle". While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the Moon in "Eagle", Michael Collins remained alone in "Columbia". For 28 hours he served as a communications link and photographed the lunar surface. After reclaiming Armstrong and Aldrin from the ascent stage of the Lunar Module, "Columbia" was the only part of the spacecraft to return to Earth. The blunt-end design for the Command Module was chosen to build upon experience gained with the similarly shaped Mercury and Gemini spacecraft. The spacecraft reentered the atmosphere with its protective heat shield facing forward. Layers of special "ablative" material on the shield were purposely allowed to burn away during reentry to help dissipate the extremely high temperatures caused by atmospheric friction. Height: 3.2 m (10 ft 7 in) Maximum Diameter: 3.9 m (12 ft 10 in) Weight: 5,900 kg (13,000 lb) Manufacturer: North American Rockwell for NASA Launch Vehicle: Saturn V

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::0930_23
01/22/09 8:59 PM GMT
It doesn't look near that big in this photo Antonio. It is one of those "you remember where you were events." I was living in Riverside, California at the time. Nice post and nice reminder for us Antonio.

Tick

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.TheWhisperer
01/22/09 9:32 PM GMT
I remember watching this falling out of the sky on TV under the parashoots, while sitting in class with all my school friends in my junior school. Like Tick says its one of those events you remember exactly where you were at the time. Nice capture!
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::Roseman_Stan
01/22/09 10:46 PM GMT
I surely do remember. Seems so very long ago now and does seem small in this photo.

Stan
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::NL
01/22/09 11:34 PM GMT
At the time they landed on the moon i was 8 years old, but do still remember.
Most people did not even had a color tv back then, and then guide a rocket to the moon, without the aid of the computers we have nowadays. quiete a job !
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.vangoughs
01/22/09 11:51 PM GMT
Pretty cool shot!
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::Joanie
01/23/09 12:26 AM GMT
So cool Antonio! If that man wasn't standing there I'd say it was a strange looking lampshade!..lol..Great shot!
Joanie
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::tigger3
01/23/09 3:22 AM GMT
Very good image Antionio, with a very good narrative. I was living in Redwood City, California bach then. =^..^= sandi ♪
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::billyoneshot
01/23/09 4:58 AM GMT
I have seen this in the museum and the size of it or lack of really amazed me. Talk about getting into a tin can and having a fire lit under your butt. Wow. Great capture.
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.Genver
01/23/09 5:08 AM GMT
It is a nice picture,nice colors and good clarity too.
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::danika
01/23/09 8:21 AM GMT
I remember that day too. A wonderful piece of history you captured Antonio. Very well done.
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::100k_xle
01/23/09 1:09 PM GMT
Thanks for the Great Image and Info Antonio !

E J
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This Image GRABBED my EYE. That's Why I Stopped By. Thanks For Sharing ! Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience
.Inkeri
01/23/09 5:42 PM GMT
Yes.1969 i was 13,but i remember that time..A Fine picture,Antonio.
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.Jimbobedsel
01/23/09 8:15 PM GMT
Neil Armstrong was from Wapakoneta, Ohio, not awfully far from me. There is a space capsule there at the museum, but I can't remember from which flight. Nice shot,
Antonio.

Jimbob
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HEY
.gabriela2006
01/23/09 10:46 PM GMT
great capture:)
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::JQ
01/24/09 12:55 AM GMT
must be mad going up into space and being in this really small space for hours! makes me feel strange just looking at it.
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