July 20, 1969. Do you remember where you were? (please, no cracks about “wasn’t even born yet”)
I lived in Independence (KS), had just turned 16 ten days earlier, and was sitting in our living room with my parents and brother and our dog. We were nervously watching our console black and white tv, waiting to see the first person step on the moon. One of those moments in history with such impact we remember the details forever.
“Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, descends the ladder of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module on July 20, 1969 before making the first step by a human on another celestial body. This view is a black and white reproduction taken from a telecast by the Apollo 11 lunar surface camera. The black bar running through the center of the picture is an anomaly in the television ground data system.” [NASA]
Now it’s 2019 and we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of this historic event. Much of the information below is from NASA, of course, but I’ve also added links to other relevant government publications. In addition there’s a section of links to other stories, collectibles, and items of interest connected to the anniversary…including limited edition Marshmallow Moon Oreos!
“This view from the moon, the famous Earthrise photo, was taken before separation of the lunar module and the command module during the Apollo 11 Mission.” [NASA]
“This is the official crew portrait of the Apollo 11 astronauts. Pictured from left to right are: Neil A. Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, Module Pilot; Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot. Apollo 11 was the first manned lunar landing mission that placed the first humans on the surface of the moon and returned them back to Earth. Astronaut Armstrong became the first man on the lunar surface, and astronaut Aldrin became the second. Astronaut Collins piloted the Command Module in a parking orbit around the Moon. Launched aboard the Saturn V launch vehicle (SA-506), the three astronauts began their journey to the moon with liftoff from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 8:32 am CDT, July 16, 1969.” [NASA]
July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap for Mankind
A NASA piece written in 2017; includes a moonwalk video.
Apollo 11 videos
Part of NASA’s Apollo series of videos
Apollo by the Numbers: a statistical reference
by Richard W. Orloff (item number 0830-I)
Additional items of interest
Neil Armstrong’s quote when stepping on the moon’s surface for the first time
This short article discusses the “a” which may or may not have preceded the word “man” in one of history’s most famous lines. Technology has set the record straight…or has it? Not a govdoc but interesting all the same.
Apollo 11 Moon Flight Certificate
“personally viewed the launching of Apollo 11 from earth on the first flight to land men on the moon” [Illinois Digital Archives]