President John F. Kennedy initiated the Apollo program
amidst a tense Cold War political environment. In a speech to Congress
on 25 May 1961, Kennedy outlined his Apollo program, a plan to send an
American to the Moon by the end of the decade. This program, he hoped,
would remind the world of America’s enormous technical capability.
The Apollo program succeeded. On 20 July 1969, the world witnessed what
was arguably the most astonishing technological achievement in history
when Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first
humans to set foot on the Moon. While Apollo 11 was an astounding technological
achievement, it was also the triumph of an enormous project infrastructure,
requiring the cooperation of many thousands of dedicated individuals.
This Web site honors those involved in the success of Apollo 11. From
astronauts to managers, engineers to contractors, this site ensures that
the courageous efforts of those involved in the Apollo program will not