Like 'science fiction': Mexican journalist remembers Apollo 11

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Published on July 17, 2019 - Duration: 01:16s

Like 'science fiction': Mexican journalist remembers Apollo 11

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.

Carrillo was working for Excelsior Press at the time.

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Like 'science fiction': Mexican journalist remembers Apollo 11

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center 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.

"Once several minutes went by, several hours, and the rocket lifted off and I saw it get lost in the clouds and into space, that's when I really knew this wasn't a dream, and this was a feat that would reverberate through all humanity," said journalist Manuel Carrillo, who at the time was covering the Apollo 11 launch for Excelsior Press.

Carrillo is now a Reuters journalist based in Mexico city.

Saturday, July 20 marks 50 years since the historic first moon landing in 1969.

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