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Local woman worked at NASA during Apollo 11 landing

She remembers watching the astronauts walk around the moon 50 years ago.

Posted: Jul 17, 2019 6:18 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2019 6:25 PM

MEDFORD, Ore-- We are only a few days away from the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

On July 20th 1969 Astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon.

"Just seeing him descend the ladder, come down and make that first step." said Cindy Bollens. She worked at NASA during the Apollo 11 mission. 

The video of the landing was grainy, but everyone across the world waited and watched.  "Everyone was glued to what was happening. It was the most exciting thing and it just stopped the world too." said Bollens. She remembers the historic date. For almost 30 years she worked for NASA. "At that time I was doing computer programming and of course all of us were so excited about what was happening."

She was able to watch what was happening on the news and got even more details through NASA.  As someone who worked in NASA she watched the video concerned about the shuttle and the spacesuit. "The landing itself, the shuttle didn't tip over or anything like that. Oh that's good. The spacesuit itself, that was an amazing piece of equipment. It functioned so perfectly.... thank goodness." said Bollens. 

Bollens even shared some memorabilia with Newswatch 12. She showed us a tile from one of the practice shuttles before Apollo.

"Just think about the pieces that went into that whole thing. All of those things can go wrong and it all went right." said Bollens. 

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