24 July 1969, Health astronauts excellent, landing area Apollo 11 has changed due to tropical storm.
From our space agency SJOERD VAN DER WERF AMSTERDAM, 24 July. The landing site of the Apollo-11 has been changed. The flight control in Houston came to this decision because the original landing area is currently being plagued by a tropical storm. Now the point where the Apollo has to descend tonight has been moved 398 kilometers.
The space cabin will use its aerodynamic rising capacity to "fly" from the original to the new landing point. The US aircraft carrier Hornet, has already moved to the new landing location. Where they can pickup the astronauts and Apollo cabin, with its precious cargo of lunar material.
The situation on board the Apollo was excellent this afternoon. Nothing seemed to stand in the way of a safe landing in the Pacific. As soon as the spacemen have landed, frogmen will be on the spot. Coincidentally, the 25-year-old frogman Eldridge M. Neal, will hand the Apollo 11 crew their quarantine suits after he opened the hatch, he is the same person who opened the Gemini-8 hatch in March 1966, with Armstrong and David Scott after a successful emergency landing in the Pacific.
The landing of the Apollo-11 will take place at 5.59 pm Dutch time, after the cabin has returned to the denser layers of the terrestrial atmosphere at 5.35 pm at a rate of more than 39,700 kilometers per hour. A course correction that was scheduled for last night was canceled because the Apollo 11 follows a perfect track. Meanwhile there seems to be well founded fear that the two scientific devices Armstrong and Aldrin had left on the moon, an automatic seismograph and a laser reflector, are seriously suffered from the fire column that accompanied the ascent of the astronauts. One can now wonder what happened to the American flag planted with such care in the Sea of Rest. Since it was even closer to the spaceship than the two scientific instruments. The temperature of the seismograph has risen to very high values and it is feared that the solar panels that have to supply the device with electrical energy will only function quite briefly. The device had a calculated life span of two years after which period it would be automatically turned off.
The seismograph has provided some remarkable news by recording some shocks that were caused by either an impact of a large meteorite or by a moon quake. The later is considered most likely and that would mean the moon, or at least the innermost part, is definitely less "dead" than was assumed by many. The laser reflector has most likely suffered serious damage, the ascent of Armstrong and Aldrin to the Apollo mother ship, may have shifted or overthrown the laser reflector. Based mainly on the fact that so far all attempts failed to use the laser reflector. If these suspicions are confirmed the chances are that the next moon expedition in mid-November will place the research instruments at a greater distance from the lunar module to prevent damage.
Drs. Charles Berry, leader of the NASA medical team. has communicated in Houston that he is perfectly satisfied with the physical condition of the spacemen. From a medical biological point of view, the moon flight of the Apollo-11 is already indicated as the most successful of all American space voyages so far. The fact that Armstrong and Aldrin had hardly slept during their stay on the moon should be attributed mainly to the extremely limited space of the lunar module.
Aldrin was laying, in a strange twist on the floor and Armstrong "slept" on top of the ascent buster. The doctors have since yesterday no data anymore of Aldrin's heartbeat. The device in question has failed. Aldrin, however, has assured flight control in Houston that his heart is still working. Yesterday the mystery screaming sounds and hollow laughter from the Apollo 11 was solved. Several hours after the incident, Armstrong told that he had played a soundtrack from his favorite record, entitled Music of the Moon. Houston felt that it had sounded very curious Armstrong told them: "That was the purpose of it" . Aldrin agreed with the people in Houston. but he added: "The Tsar wants it that way." The Pravda had called Armstrong the Tsar of the spaceship, since that day his colleagues also use that description for Neil.