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Remembering The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

A view of Earth as the Apollo 11 command module came into view of the moon before astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin Jr. left in the lunar module, Eagle, to become the first men to walk on the moon's surface.

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, when humanity took its first steps on another planetary body via astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Will Snyder of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, guest host Jim Kirchherr remembered that day in history with the manager at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, Will Snyder, and Linda Godwin, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri and retired NASA astronaut. 

“It was just awesome, exciting; I was proud for our country, for the world,” said Godwin, remembering the day Apollo 11 surfaced the moon. “For me, it’s the thrill of exploration as well as science.”

They also discussed NASA’s plans to go back to the moon as early as 2024.

Related Event:

What: Apollo 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Party
When: July 20 from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Where: St. Louis Science Center

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan and Alexis Moore. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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Emily is the senior producer for "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.