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Apollo 11 was an American Apollo Program spacecraft that was in service with NASA in the mid-20th century. This craft carried three astronauts to the moon. Apollo 11 was launched atop a Saturn V rocket from Cape Kennedy. The original launch time was set for 6 am Eastern Standard Time. (TOS: "Tomorrow is Yesterday")
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")
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")
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")
Background information Edit
The three launch components of this mission were the command/service module Columbia (NSSDC ID: 1969-059a), the third stage of the Saturn V rocket (NSSDC ID: 1969-059b), and the lunar module Eagle (NSSDC ID: 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.