Reuters MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Jul 18, 2019, 05.45 PM
As the world prepares to mark fifty years since the day American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, Reuters journalist Manuel Carrillo recalls his assignment covering the launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. A young Carrillo was working for Mexico's Excelsior Newspaper at the time and was sent to cover the historic event. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, rocketing astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins into space. Four days later, on July 20, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin landed Apollo 11's module, the Eagle, on the moon and stepped onto the lunar surface.