Please, do yourself a favour, learn about the broader, deeper dive in the Apollo missions, “Rocket Men” - a must read(listen)!
I was 11 yrs old in Australian when I stayed home from school to watch Armstrong walk on the moon. I collected all the newspaper coverage explaining the mission in the months leading up to launch. I considered myself an expert, I new more about Apollo 11 and how the Moon landing worked than my parents, and maybe my elder brother and sister and many at school.
However, I was totally ignorant of the totality of the Apollo missions. I am eternally greatful to this book and audio book for putting the Apollo missions into context. Apollo 8 was the most risky, and in some ways, craziest and most un - NASA like move in the history of space exploration, or as it was then, “the space race”.
It wasn’t until August 1968 that a bold new plan for Apollo 8 emerged within NASA. From the book, here’s how NASA chief James Web responded: “ ‘Are you out of your mind?’ Webb yelled. He began to count off the risks of sending Apollo 8 to the Moon in December, only to grow more indignant with each one, and his list didn’t seem to end.”
For younger generations just finding out about how amazing landing on the Moon was, I entreat you to explore “Rocket Men” in book and audio, to discover a whole new level being “gob smacked” about how incredible the Moon landing in JFK’s time frame was.
The Apollo program just keeps on giving. We all heard of of the disaster/success of Apollo 13, but there’s still plenty of other stories yet to be told. For example Apollo 14 suffered an early docking problem, then almost came undone from an over eager auto-abort function just prior to lunar decent, recovered thanks to of one of the greatest “nerd software hacks/patch” of all time.
I look forward to possibly more books and untold stories about the Apollo missions.