Monday, April 2, 2012

The Lunar Module: From Model to the Moon

Early 1960s model of the Lunar Excursion Module

I love seeing things go from concept to construction. So I was super excited when I came across the development of the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), which ultimately helped Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr, set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. 

Sketches made by Dr. John C. Houbold in 1961

Early Models

Full Scale Model

Earth's Orbit March 6, 1969

Apollo's 11 LEM was named the Eagle. Here you can see the Eagle in lunar orbit after detaching from Columbia.

The Eagle has landed. Buzz Aldrin on the Moon July 20, 1969

Photo credits: Life Magazine and Wiki


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