Revisiting the heart-stopping moments before Apollo 11 landed on the moon with the world watching

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Fifty years ago this week, the Apollo 11 astronauts — Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins — suited up as America waited with bated breath: would the trio be the first Americans to set foot on the moon?It was a grand, new goal that was first set by President John F. Kennedy.“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” he said in May 1961.Astronauts who were preparing for the U.S. first lunar mission followed a complex training program. There were simulations. They walked in their spacesuits. They completed tests in the water.Americans counted the days — with so many questions about the mission — as did NASA. And then it was time.On July 16, 1969, families across the U.S. gathered in their living rooms — and hundreds of millions around the world — watched as the Apollo 11 lifted off into space.After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered in a lunar orbit. The next day, the lunar module Eagle, with Armstrong and Aldrin inside, separated from the command module where Collins remained.Hours later, the Eagle began its descent to the moon. But then, there was an alarm.“12-02. Standby,” Mission Control could be heard saying.Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston housed the engineers and flight directors who worked tirelessly to ensure Apollo 11’s mission was a success.A “12-02” alarm meant that the lunar module’s computer was overloaded. If the problem could not be corrected, the landing would need to be aborted.“Give us a reading on the 12-02 program alarm,” Armstrong could be heard saying.The control room responded with silence.They would continue with the mission.Armstrong flew the lunar module manually, evading boulders in their planned landing location. With the fuel running critically low, Apollo flight director Gene Kranz, back in Mission Control, gave a 60-seconds-to-abort warning.Critical minutes passed and then Armstrong could be heard saying: “The Eagle has landed.”“Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground. You’ve got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We’re breathing again. Thanks a lot,” Mission Control could be heard responding.“Thank you,” Aldrin said.Then, there was the sound of applause in Apollo Mission Control in Houston as some wiped away tears.Armstrong bounded across the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969. From the moon, he said those famous words: “That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”Nineteen minutes later, it was Aldrin’s turn to take his first steps.“Beautiful view!” he said.President Richard Nixon spoke to Aldrin and Armstrong while they were in space, telling them: “I just can’t tell you how proud we all are.”Yet, back in Apollo Mission Control in Houston, after the cheering and the tears, they knew they had a lot of work still left to do as they guided the men back home.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

BIG TEN NETWORK AND RIOT GAMES TO HOST BTN INVITATIONAL: A UNIVERSITY LEAGUE OF LEGENDS EVENT

first_imgThe BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event will take place on Friday, April 22, from noon to 4 p.m. ET in the League of Legends show floor booth at PAX East.  Fans can cheer for their favorite Big Ten team via livestream available on both BTN2Go and LoLeSports.com. Viewers can also watch the event at a later date on BTN at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, April 25.“The Big Ten Network was ahead of the trend in recognizing the growing popularity ofcollegiate eSports and scholarship programs,” said Sean Haran, Director of Business Development at Riot Games. “There are over 300 University League of Legends campus clubs, including one on nearly every Big Ten school campus, so working with BTN to host an invitational event at PAX East was a no-brainer.”The PAX East weekend also includes the 2016 uLoL Campus Series Finals, the culmination of a full season tournament for the most skilled collegiate League of Legends players in the U.S. and Canada. The Campus Series Semi-Finals will take place from 10a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 23, leading up to the Campus Series Finals from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, in the League of Legends booth.League of Legends is a fast-paced, team-oriented online game where two teams of five compete in intense 5v5 battles that require strategic thinking, lightning reflexes, and coordinated team-play. Over 67 million people play League of Legends each month, making LoL the most played PC video game in the world.About University League of Legends (uLoL):University League of Legends (uLoL) is a network of student-run clubs created to support and empower League of Legends communities on college campuses across the U.S. and Canada. The uLoL Campus Series tournament pits the top 32 League of Legends teams against one another for over a half-million dollars in scholarship money and bragging rights as the best college team in North America. CHICAGO, Ill. – April 13, 2016 – BTN and Riot Games today announced the BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Eventwhere two of the best Big Ten schools battle head-to-head in the highly-competitive online game League of Legends, the most played PC video game in the world. Ohio State will face off against Michigan State in front of a live audience at the widely popular video game event Penny Arcade Expo (PAXEast) taking place in Boston from April 22 to 24.“The Big Ten has some of the premier eSports teams in the country,” said MichaelCalderon, Vice President of Programming and Digital Media at Big Ten. “The fast-paced, high-level competition of League of Legends is a great fit for BTN’s audience and we’re excited to be the first conference-owned network to bring the intensity of collegiate eSports to a television audience.”last_img read more

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