Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969, on its mission to the moon. The primary objective was to fulfill President Kennedy’s goal of getting a man to the moon and back. When the ship launched it was carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.
Two and a half hours after launch, the rocket lit up and sent Apollo 11 into lunar orbit. On July 20 Armstrong and Aldrin went out onto the moons surface. On the moon the astronauts gathered scientific data and moon rocks for further analysis on earth. The astronauts also left commemorative medallions with the names of the Apollo 1 astronauts.
Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21 hours on the moons surface before returning to the command module in orbit. On July 24, the astronauts returned to earth’s atmosphere, with the total flight time of 195 hours, 18 minutes, and 35 seconds, Which was about 36 minutes longer than planned.