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Buzz Aldrin preparing to take his first step on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission

Apollo 11 was a Human spacecraft operated by NASA in the 20th century. This mission was the first in the Apollo program to successfully land a man on Luna. The mission took place in July of 1969, with a crew of three including Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. Apollo 11 was launched atop a Saturn V rocket from Cape Kennedy, Earth. The lunar landing took place on July 20, 1969, at Tranquility Base. (TOS: "Tomorrow is Yesterday") although according to the cannon of the Apollo 18 Universe this Apollo 11 space craft was a back story element and that there was apollo 18 , 19 and 20 that might have been manned military missions rather than nasa manned missions.

In Star TrekEdit

Historically, the third member of the Apollo 11 crew was Michael Collins; however, he has never been mentioned or referred to in Star Trek.

The reference to Apollo 11 in 1968's "Tomorrow is Yesterday" is an oblique one – a radio report referring to the launch of the first moon landing mission on "Wednesday". D
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A library computer file, showing the mission patch and ship

espite being written over two years prior in 1967 and was broadcast in 1968, the reference to the event in 1969, coincidentally gives the same launch day and it actually occurred accurate to within a few weeks of the real thing., with the the launch time only off by seven hours. and the landing only off by a day or 2. Strangely enough Gene Rodenberry got the day of the week from a earlier author named Jules Verne.

The Apollo 11 lunar landing was shown on TV, a broadcast that the "whole world" had watched. Shannon O'Donnell was eleven years old at the time, and later recalled watching the landing on TV, and would also have dreams recalling Armstrong's famous words: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." In 2000, O'Donnell shared her moon landing experience with Jason Janeway, who himself had seen it once in science class. (VOY: "11:59")

In 2143, a mission patch for this mission was seen in the 602 Club. (ENT: "First Flight")

When James T. Kirk argued in favor of having Sargon and his companions take over the bodies of the crew, in 2269, and emphasized the benefits that it might possibly have on mankind, he explained, "they used to say if man could fly, he'd have wings. But he did fly. He discovered he had to. Do you wish that the first Apollo mission hadn't reached the moon or that we hadn't gone on to Mars or the nearest star?" (TOS: "Return to Tomorrow")

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A Nebula-class starship model with the Apollo 11 lunar lander

Apollo 11 quadricentennial

A certificate awarded to Harry Kim in 2369

In 2367, in Barash's fictional 2383, Captain William T. Riker had a model of the Apollo 11 lunar lander next to a model of a Nebula-class starship. (TNG: "Future Imperfect")




A certificate was awarded to Cadet Harry Kim in 2369 while he was still at Starfleet Academy, related to the Apollo 11 quadricentennial. When temporarily given command of Medical Transport 136 (aka Nightingale) he felt this award was important enough to be one of the few things he brought along for his ready room, including his saxophone and his Academy diploma. (VOY: "Nightingale")


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Background information Edit

The three launch components of this mission were the command/service module Columbia (1969-059a), the third stage of the Saturn V rocket (1969-059b), and the lunar module Eagle (1969-059c). The command/service module's name Columbia was later reused for a space shuttle and several civilian and Starfleet starships in the Federation. These include the Columbia NX-02, SS Columbia, and the USS Columbia. Likewise, the Federation starship USS Eagle was named in honor of the lunar module Eagle.

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