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Marshall Space Flight Center veterans remember the Apollo era



On July 20, 1969, spectators from around the world watched Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong take a historic step. NASA made this giant leap for mankind easy, but the uncertainties of the mission matched the ultimate triumph of Apollo 11.

The US historic moon landing program would not have started and the landing would not have occurred 50 years ago without the Saturn V rocket, imagined and built in Alabama. [All of the Apollo 11 stories from AL.com]

Wernher von Braun's German team draws much of its credit, but thousands of men and women in Alabama have sent the man to the moon.

Here are some of their stories.

Billie Robertson worked at the Marshall Space Flight Center in the 1960s

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Billie Robertson worked at the Marshall Space Flight Center in the 1960s

Billie Robertson: I felt all the emotions during Apollo 11

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Billie Robertson: I felt all the emotions during Apollo 11

Earnest C. Smith worked at the Marshall Space Flight Center in the 1960s

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Earnest C. Smith worked at the Marshall Space Flight Center in the 1960s

Earnest C. Smith: He worked on the lunar rover

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Earnest C. Smith: He worked on the lunar rover

Saverio "Sonny" Morea: At age 28, he made rocket engines in Huntsville

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Saverio "Sonny" Morea: At age 28, he made rocket engines in Huntsville


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