Apollo 11 Flight Plan
Commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing
The flight plan for Apollo 11 was a minute-by-minute time line of activities for the mission crew--Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin--and Mission Control in Houston. The flight was launched July 16, 1969. Touchdown on the moon took place, as scheduled, on July 20, 102 hours, 47 minutes, and 11 seconds after launch from Cape Kennedy. The astronauts spent 21 hours and 36 minutes on the moon, and returned to Earth on July 24.
The flight plan below describes tasks to be done 102 to 103 hours into the flight. Immediately after landing, Armstrong and Aldrin reviewed their lunar contact checklist and reached a decision on "stay/no stay." Armstrong then reported to Houston: "The Eagle has landed."
Flight plans, officially known as "flight data files," for Apollo 8 to Apollo 17, and other records related to the Apollo program, are in the custody of NARA's Southwest Region in Fort Worth, Texas. (NARA Record Group 255)
Flight Plan for the 102nd Hour of the Apollo 11 Mission (Moon landing 102 hours, 47 minutes, 11 seconds after launch)
See the Flight Plan below. To read the flight plan, please view the larger image of the original (1093 K)
How to read the flight plan:
This page is one of 185 pages in the plan. Each page represents one hour of the Apollo 11 flight.
(We have added the colors as a key)
- 1st column
- CSM = Command Service Module
- CMP = Command Module Pilot
- This column lists tasks for CMP Mike Collins
- 2nd column
- 3rd and 4th columns
- LM = Lunar Module
- CDR = Commander of the Mission
- LMP = Lunar Module Pilot
- These columns list tasks for CDR Neil Armstrong and LMP Buzz Aldrin
- 5th column
- MCC-H = Mission Control Center-Houston.
- This column lists tasks for Mission Control. Back to Top
Crew of Apollo 11 with President Richard Nixon, Washington, D.C., November 5, 1969.