The Dallas Museum of History and Industry
FROM: James Bailey DATE: March 3, 1989
TO: Jane Seward SUBJECT: Apollo 11 Article
I believe the Archives staff has found exactly what we need for our new Space
Exploration display. It's an eyewitness account of the dramatic July 16, 1969 launch
of Apollo 11 at Cape Kennedy. Here's an excerpt:
Just before the emissaries left the cape, the morning star, Venus, failing in the early
sunlight, seemed to wink down at Pad 39-A. It reminded some that men were just inching into
space by going to the moon. But no step would be tougher than this one, the first step.
The launching to the moon came in a litany of thunder and light on Cape Kennedy's Pad
The sun-orange flame from the Saturn V rocket's mighty booster snaked out to sear the
pad and blacken the palmetto scrub that struggles to exist on this sandy cape.
The sound --- a chest-thumping staccato --- poured across the barren flats and pounded
into the nearest observers more than three miles away.
A few cruising pelicans dived for safety. Some men cried.
The Mighty Boeing-Built booster agonizingly lifted its 6-1/2 million-pound burden away
from the pad. The booster was devouring fuel at a rate of 30,000 pounds a second, but the rocket
seemed only to inch up and away from the launching tower.
There was a moment of silence before the sound reached the observers, then a whispered
"Go, baby, go" and finally a wild cheer as the rocket cleared the tower and the thunder reached
the viewing stands.
William W. Prochnau
The Seattle Times
July 16, 1969
Let's discuss this during tomorrow's staff meeting. Perhaps Sue McKenzie in
Graphics can enlarge the original article and put together a poster for us. Let's not forget
to have Legal obtain written permission from The Seattle Times to reproduce this article.
We can then have John Hoffman's team create a mock-up of the display in time for the
Board of Directors meeting at the end of this month. We'll make a brief presentation to
the Directors at that time.
Lastly, remember to start your 1989-1990 planning now --- budgets for next fiscal
year are due by the end of June.