The Space Programme: Apollo 11

Today we present some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent… Space Music.

On this day, July 21, in 1969, 52 years ago, the first human being stepped out of the Apol­lo 11’s Lunar Excur­sion Mod­ule and set foot upon the Moon. Today we cel­e­brate that achieve­ment in music.

The Apol­lo 11 mis­sion was launched on July 16, 1969, car­ry­ing Com­man­der Neil Arm­strong, Com­mand Mod­ule Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Mod­ule Pilot ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Arm­strong and Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon. Arm­strong became the first to step onto the lunar sur­face six hours lat­er on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 min­utes lat­er. Lat­er, they suc­cess­ful­ly returned – ful­fill­ing Pres­i­dent John F Kennedy’s 1961 speech which includ­ed the words,

…I believe that this nation should com­mit itself: to achiev­ing the goal, before this decade is out, of land­ing a man on the moon and return­ing him safe­ly to the Earth. No sin­gle space project in this peri­od will be more impres­sive to mankind, or more impor­tant for the long-range explo­ration of space; and none will be so dif­fi­cult, or expen­sive to accomplish.”

Today’s pro­gramme com­mem­o­rates this momen­tous event with an eclec­tic col­lec­tion of music from, and about, space, space trav­el, the Moon and more.

In addi­tion, tune in at 12 noon or 4pm Pacif­ic time / 8pm or mid­night in the UK, for a new edi­tion of “Where’ve You Been” — our twice-month­ly show on things to do and places to go around the Sec­ond Life Grid. Today we vis­it The Bor­der­less Projectsee sep­a­rate entry.