On this day: 40 years ago
22 July 1969
At 12:42 a.m. CEST, the Lunar Module Eagle is jettisoned. Nearly five hours later, while behind the Moon, the ‘transearth injection burn‘ of Apollo 11 begins at 5:55 a.m. to send the spacecraft out of lunar orbit towards Earth.
9:30 a.m. Astronauts start sleep period.
6:00 p.m. Astronauts begin waking for first full day of return trip.
6:39 p.m. Spacecraft passes the point in space where Earth's gravity takes over from momentum and begins drawing the astronauts homeward.
9:02 p.m. Midcourse correction is made to readjust the flight path of the spacecraft.
ESA celebrates the 40th anniversary of mankind first setting foot on the Moon and pays tribute to the men and women who took part in this endeavour, some of whom are still active in NASA, ESA and international space programmes. A series of articles chronicles each day of the historic mission 40 years ago, from launch to landing, with many rarely-seen archive photographs and highlights of some fascinating European contributions to lunar exploration.