POSTED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 10:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 19, 2013 - 10:44pm
Longview, TX (KETK) — "We are now in the approach phase. Everything looking good."
"You are a go for landing"
Americans across the nation held their breath as Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the surface of the moon.
"The eagle has landed. That is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
That one small step and giant leap would not have been possible without the hard work of many people across the nation including two who now call Longview home.
Robert Embrey is one of those men.
Embrey owned a company in Shreveport.
Approached by NASA Embrey and his company won a bid to build numerous parts for the mission.
"Of course they had a saying about all of it the whole thing was dependent on the low bidder. These guys are riding these things into space on the low bid," Embrey tells KETK.
While Embrey and his team were making parts Patrick Dugan and a team of engineers were busy developing the lunar module.
"Of course there were a lot of unknown anomalies that could have come up but thank God they didn't," Dugan says.
Dugan and the other engineers spent seven years developing the module.
With so many unknowns Dugan tells KETK there were a lot of nerves that day 44 years ago until the module touched down.
"It was so exciting to see this concept that they had to actually perform and land on the moon which was fantastic," Dugan said.
While July 20,1969 holds a special place in American history those who had a hand in it, it means even more.
"It was incredible really to realize that they were on the moon to realize that you had a small part in it," said Embrey.