July 18, 1969: Entering the Gravity of the Moon

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Fifty years ago Apollo 11 entered the gravity well of the Moon from the gravity well of the Earth.  Three-quarters of the way to the Moon, the speed of Columbia had slowed to 2000 miles per hour.  An expected course correction was not needed as the Columbia was right on target to go into Lunar Orbit.  The crew inspected the landing craft Eagle, and were pleased to report that the Eagle was in good shape suffering no ill effects.  The astronauts turned in at 10:00 PM.  They would need all the rest they could wrest from excitement and adrenaline.

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