Building a Legacy: Industry’s Role in Apollo 11
July 16, 2019
“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.”
When President John F. Kennedy stood before Rice University to address the nation, he was confident that our mission to the moon was more than just a dream – it was an opportunity for “the greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”
Fifty years later, Apollo 11 remains the gold standard for human achievement. And at the heart of this achievement was the partnership between the aerospace industry and government.
From the pitch control motor and the Saturn V engines to the command module and telemetry systems, industry’s contributions to the mission were felt during every small step – and giant leap – along the way.
In all, more than 370,000 contractors from the aerospace and defense industry and academia – working for a variety of organizations all across the country – helped land the first man on the Moon, proving that American excellence depends on all of us working together towards common, but inspiring, aspirations.
As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, we celebrate industry’s role and look back at the partnerships that made it happen through our new infographic: