BBC World Service – Newshour, Apollo 11: a landmark in history

Fifty years on, the Apollo Moon programme is probably still humankind’s single greatest technological achievement. On 16 July 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were strapped into their Apollo spacecraft on top of the vast Saturn V rocket and were propelled into orbit in just over 11 minutes.

Also in the programme: Ursula von der Leyen becomes president of the European Commission; BBC closes Burundi office.

(Picture: 1969, Earth rising over the Moon”s horizon taken from the Apollo 11 spacecraft.Credit: AFP PHOTO/ NASA HANDOUT)

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