National Geographic : 1969 Dec
"Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." The "X" on the moon above marks the spot where, at 10:56 p.m. EDT, July 20, man first set foot on another celestial body. The historic Apollo 11 voyage of more than half a million miles began with the firing of the Boeing-built first-stage booster. The Boeing booster, the most powerful in the world, produces 7.5 million pounds of thrust. It lifted the 30-story-high moon rocket on its way to the moon. But building the first stage is only one of Boeing's major Apollo/Saturn 5 responsibilities. In all, some 10,000 Boeing people participated in the Apolloll moon-landing mission. Boeing scientists, techni cians and engineers integrate the entire Saturn 5 launch vehicle with the Apollo Close-up view of the Apollo 11 landing zone, as photographed by NASA's Boeing-built Lunar Orbiter on August 12, 1967. Five Lunar Orbiters photographed all potential Apollo landing sites and 99% of the moon's surface. command, service and lunar modules. They also support NASA during the actual launch operations, and provide technical integration and evaluation assistance on Apollo. The historic accomplish ments of the Apollo missions measure the dedication and skill of the NASA and industry people involved. Boeing is proud to be a member of this distinguished team. NASA's space program has already contributed significantly to the nation's progress in virtually every field of technology and science. It is also generating the kind of massive acceleration of learning on which ages of greatness are founded. gErf7'