Orion Space Mission

Williamsburg recalls watching Apollo 11 and helping crew get there

Williamsburg recalls watching Apollo 11 and helping crew get there

In 1969, 3.5 billion people lived on Earth, and on that July 20, 600 million of them, a full one-sixth of humanity, watched as Neil Armstrong descended from the lander and made that now-famous giant leap for all mankind.

The world watched Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first people to walk upon another planet; in Williamsburg, the Granger family watched along with the world.

Greg Granger, then just 4 years old, didn’t quite understand the significance of what was about the happen, but he knew it must have been important if his parents let him and his two sisters stay up past midnight to watch.

“I remember mom and dad really making...

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