Responsible for carrying all three astronauts and the Lunar Module into lunar orbit the Apollo Command module played a vital role in the Apollo 11 landings. The Command Module was 11m high and 3.9m wide and having taken off from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, on July 16th delivered it’s passengers to their destination in just four days. On their return to Earth the three astronauts had to spend 21 days in quarantine to ensure they hadn’t contracted a “moon disease” once finally released a parade and state dinner was hosted on the 13th of August to celebrate the mission’s success. In 1961 President John F. Kennedy had committed to seeing a man land safely on the moon within a decade, and thus his promise to the world had been achieved.
As the Apollo Space Programme attempted to place humans on the surface of the moon in the summer of 1969, the world held its breath as NASA transmitted sound and pictures from their incredible mission across the globe. Becoming perhaps the most recognised craft to an entire generation of people, the Lunar Module which landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon on 20th July 1969 represented the pinnacle of human engineering prowess, but could it bring the astronauts home safely? As the Columbia command module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean four days later, the world had its answer and three new heroes to honour.