WEB EXTRA: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11


In this July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. (Neil Armstrong/NASA via AP)

50 years ago today on July 20, the world heard these famous words as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the Moon.
That’s one small step for manone giant leap for mankind.”
Here in Roanoke there is a big piece of history that was part of what led to that moon landing. 

Though many in our area haven’t a clue what that black and white rocket is at the intersection of Salem Ave and Gainsboro Rd near the bridge. 

We caught up with the Robert (Bob) W. Sigman, Executive Director at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. He explains what this decommissioned rocket is and shares some of its history.

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