Dragon DRW50381 NASA Apollo 11 "Lunar Landing" CSM "Columbia" and LM "Eagle" and Astronauts (1:72 Scale)
"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
- President John F. Kennedy, speaking at Rice University, Houston, Texas, September 12th, 1962
Dragon Space new 1/72 scale collection of spacecraft has successfully blasted off! The latest one to be launched onto the market is a depiction of the famous Apollo 11 craft. The second Apollo 11 item in the Space Series shows the Lunar Module (LM), christened Eagle, which landed on the southern Sea of Tranquility on the Moon. This milestone event was watched by millions of TV viewers, and now modelers can have this very scene. The accurately detailed LM model can be displayed on a realistic dioramic base of the lunar surface. This base even includes details on the lunar soil! The inclusion of two brand new 1/72 astronauts adds to the dramatic scene. Back Order! Ship Date: July 2015.
Release Date: April 2012
Historical Account: "One Small Step for [a] Man" - Apollo 11 was the spaceflight which landed the first humans, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the Moon on July 20th, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface 6 hours later on July 21st at 02:56 UTC. A third member of the mission, Michael Collins, remained alone in lunar orbit until they returned from the surface about 15 hours later. All 3 returned to Earth safely after travelling in space for 8 days.
Launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida on July 16th, Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission of NASA's Apollo program. The Apollo spacecraft had three parts: a Command Module with a cabin for the three astronauts which was the only part which landed back on Earth; a Service Module containing propulsion, electrical power, oxygen and water; and a Lunar Module for landing on the Moon. After being sent to the Moon by the Saturn V's upper stage, the astronauts separated the spacecraft from it and traveled for three days until they entered into lunar orbit. Armstrong and Aldrin then moved into the Lunar Module and landed in the Sea of Tranquility. They stayed a total of about 21 hours on the lunar surface, including about 2 hours outside the spacecraft. After lifting off in the upper part of the Lunar Module and rejoining Collins in the Command Module, they returned to Earth and landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24th.
Broadcast on live TV to a world-wide audience, Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy in a speech before the United States Congress, "before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."