Earth view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft over the moon
This view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft shows Earth rising above the moon's horizon. The lunar terrain pictured is in the area of Smyth's Sea on the nearside.

Apollo 11 flight plan: The moon landing (1969)

Earth view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft over the moon
This view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft shows Earth rising above the moon’s horizon. The lunar terrain pictured is in the area of Smyth’s Sea on the nearside.

Apollo 11 mission plan

Every hour of the Apollo 11 mission had a different page with the flight plan for that specific 60-minute period. Here you can take a look at what the astronauts were reviewing as they prepared for the actual landing on the moon — 102 hours and 47 minutes after they were launched from Earth. (There were a total of 185 pages in the plan.)

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The Apollo 11 Flight Plan


The abbreviations seen on the plan are as follows:

  • CSM = Command Service Module
  • LM = Lunar Module
  • MCC-H = Mission Control Center-Houston
  • CMP = Command Module Pilot (Mike Collins)
  • CDR = Commander of the Mission (Neil Armstrong)
  • LMP = Lunar Module Pilot (Buzz Aldrin)

Top photo: A picture of Earth taken by Apollo 11 astronauts. From the Moon, Earth is 4 times wider than the sun and about 50 times brighter than a full Moon. Courtesy NASA.

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