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Remembering Apollo 11

40 years ago, three human beings - with the help of many thousands of others - left our planet on a successful journey to our Moon, setting foot on another world for the first time. Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the July 16, 1969 launch of Apollo 11, with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. aboard. The entire trip lasted only 8 days, the time spent on the surface was less than one day, the entire time spent walking on the moon, a mere 2 1/2 hours - but they were surely historic hours. Scientific experiments were deployed (at least one still in use today), samples were collected, and photographs were taken to document the entire journey. Collected here are 40 images from that journey four decades ago, when, in the words of astronaut Buzz Aldrin: "In this one moment, the world came together in peace for all mankind". (40 photos total)

The view from the Apollo 11 Command and Service Module (CSM) "Columbia" shows the Earth rising above the Moon's horizon on July 20th, 1969. The lunar terrain pictured is in the area of Smyth's Sea on the nearside. (NASA)
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940 comments so far...

Love those pictures. Film is still a great medium.

Posted by Colllins Cochran July 15, 09 01:00 PM

next is mars,,, then K-Pax ,,, go go go.......

Posted by sha July 15, 09 01:00 PM

yes, we can!

Posted by sputnik (sb) July 15, 09 01:03 PM

Great collection as always. Number 28 is great - people were actually there!

Posted by Richard July 15, 09 01:03 PM

Amazing photographs. Seeing this i realize that we are so small and alone in this giant universe.

Posted by Dusan Vlahovic July 15, 09 01:10 PM


Posted by Alvaro Lau July 15, 09 01:10 PM

Stunning photography!

Posted by Michael Caputo July 15, 09 01:11 PM

One of those moments I wish I was alive to live through. Hopefully my generation will have something similar when/if we make it to Mars.

Posted by Kyle July 15, 09 01:12 PM

Amazing. I find myself looking at the pictures of the earth much more than those of the moon, I bet no-one considered in 1969 that future generations would be as captivated by the unique perspective on the earth as they would by their images of the moon's surface. Was this the genesis of the environmental movement?

Posted by Charlie Zed July 15, 09 01:14 PM

Imagine that descent through the atmosphere and back to earth. That module is scorched!

Posted by Brian July 15, 09 01:15 PM

#28 shows me that mankind is not all bad and what we could achieve if we really want to. the best shot in this set.

Posted by noseman July 15, 09 01:17 PM

Beautiful. And because it might not be immediately apparent to everyone, I'll point out that photographs 19, 20, and 22 are in color. The moon is so monochromatic that color photographs often appear to be black and white (and the small manmade elements such as the gold foil on the Lunar Module look tinted and somewhat unreal). #36 is probably in color as well.

On a related note, I believe the soil on the surface of the moon is black. It appears whitish gray in these photos (and in our sky) because it is reflecting the strong light of the sun. Again, just beautiful.

Posted by Adam July 15, 09 01:21 PM

Forty years, wow. Seems like only yesterday.

Posted by Jeff July 15, 09 01:23 PM

The good old days when earth still had ice caps.

Posted by Ralph Jones July 15, 09 01:27 PM

Fantastic set! #3 Is my favorite.

Posted by John July 15, 09 01:30 PM

The first picture - the Earth, rising over the Moon - chokes me up every time I see it. That's it. That's us. That's our home... my dream as a child was to see it from that perspective.

Posted by Cathy W July 15, 09 01:32 PM

this set is breathtaking. so many things rush through my head when i see some of these. and with others, nothing's in my head because I am so captivated by they're sublime nature. amazing feat of humanity, and at the same time shows us how small we truly truly are.

Posted by alex July 15, 09 01:33 PM

When we (mankind) take a moment to think about such remarkable achievements in our lifetime, I wonder why we do all the bad we do! Imagine if all our efforts and energies were focused on amazing goals...

Great pix! Had a huge smile on my face as I scrolled down.

Posted by Nadine July 15, 09 01:35 PM

If you would have told me in 1969 that 40 years in the future GM would be making rustbucket cars and facing bankruptcy I would have scoffed. Had you told me that I would have to take off my shoes in order to get on an aircraft I wouldn't have believed you. If you would have told me that teen pregnancies were skyrocketing and that abortion was still the #1 political issue of the day I would have called you a liar.
Instead, we're fighting in quagmires, fighting health care, fighting renewable energy, fighting equal rights, fighting global warming and fighting banking regulation. Seems the trip to the moon was a waste of time and energy.

Posted by pk July 15, 09 01:35 PM

Re #34 -- the sun (or whatever light source) is always "directly behind" the shadow of your head, assuming you take the photo from eye level. Think about it for a minute....

Posted by Glenn July 15, 09 01:41 PM

Wow, lots of pictures I had never seen before. Fantastic. I can't believe that there are still a few moon landing deniers out there.

Posted by Quatguy July 15, 09 01:43 PM

This is so awesome. The pictures appear as they have been taken just a few days ago. Love this.

Posted by Bernhard July 15, 09 01:50 PM

¡Qué hermoso recuerdo para los que lo vimos por TV en julio de 1969!
How nice to remember that I saw it on TV in July 1961!

Posted by Fernando Alvarez July 15, 09 01:54 PM

Beautiful, thanks for sharing.... these images are still utterly captivating 40 years later. Amazing.

Posted by Tucker July 15, 09 02:03 PM

These Incredible pictures bring all kinds of memories back for me! I watched the Launch from Cocoa Beach Florida. You could literally "Feel" the launch on the beach, and the roar of the rockets was loud, even 20 some odd miles away. It lit up the sky for at least 10 minutes after launch. Then for the rest of the Mission we listened to Radio & watched TV continuously. I had just graduated from High School one month earlier in Albany, Georgia. I'm glad I was there and a part of it all. My friends and I even forgot about Vietnam, Segregation, and Nixon for those few, short Wonderful days...Thanks for bringing it all back BIG PICTURE! As always, you guys are the best!!!!!!! Billy Mac

Posted by Billy Mac July 15, 09 02:05 PM

I was born in 1967 and I'm still remembering these days (I saw it on TV)
It seems to me as it was yesterday. Do we have lost our dreams and do we know after the wonderfull experience that we've just to believe.

Posted by Arnaud HAMBERT July 15, 09 02:08 PM

Very nice pictures. Great work

Posted by Erik van Erne, Milieunet Foundation July 15, 09 02:09 PM

I met my future wife on the day they touched down. She recalls I was out in the yard with a young nephew pointing at the moon and explaining to him that people were landing there. The moon was visible high in the sky that day. Houston had a direct link no relays necessary.

Posted by Zach July 15, 09 02:18 PM

Nice collection. It's too bad we gave up on space exploration so soon after we really got started.

Posted by Viking July 15, 09 02:24 PM

Thank you for posting these fantastic photos and a special thank you for posting one of Dr. Wernher von Braun.

Most if not all of those associated with the US Space Program feel that if we didn't have von Braun's expertise, not only is it likely that we wouldn't have made the moon when we did but our space program would have paled in comparison to the Russians.

Posted by Jim July 15, 09 02:28 PM

Very nice photos. 12 years after the first satellite (spoutnik), we landed on moon. We are so far of this challenge today.

Posted by Dedy July 15, 09 02:33 PM

I was 10. I believe they woke us up at camp to witness the walk...All of us crowded around a small TV. It was hard to put into perspective. Love pic #1...It speaks volumes.

Posted by jkstraw July 15, 09 02:34 PM

PK, in 1969 we were dealing with equally serious matters: Vietnam War, cultural clashes, civil rights, assassinations, etc. The space program has never been a waste of time or money, and at the risk of sounding negative, there's always something frightening or politically incorrect going on. I suggest that instead of being so negative, you enjoy the photographs and hope that humans never stop trying or hoping.

Posted by oregonrose July 15, 09 02:36 PM

I can't believe that it's been 40 years since man landed on the moon. My dad took us to see some rocks from the moon that they brought back. Wow, 40 YEARS!

Posted by Jeani July 15, 09 02:38 PM

These pics have to be photoshopped, this never happened J/K....great walk down memory lane. I can remember eagerly awaiting my little silver and burgundy kit from NASA every month that let me build these components (like the LM) in parallel w/ the exciting program that NASA was running.

Posted by Chris July 15, 09 02:40 PM

This collection reminds us why we have to restart space exploration.

Posted by Bill Smith July 15, 09 02:43 PM

At comment 19. I share your frustration at how little political progress we have made since then. But we have made a lot of social progress, and the trip to the moon was certainly not a waste of time and energy. It was one of the few times in history where most of the connected world stood together in awe and celebration of what we had achieved as a race as opposed to as members of specific nations.

It also demonstrated the amazing things that can be done with the right amount of inspiration, effort, drive, and MONEY.

Posted by Mattan July 15, 09 02:43 PM

Agree with commenter # 1. I usually do not see it, but digital sensors can't touch these film images.

#25 is an awesome picture and idea. I'm going to start doing that with my kids when big stories happen.

Posted by Joe July 15, 09 02:45 PM

So moving! Real history. I was 4 3/4 and I felt how important and profound the moment was. I picked up the thrill and awe in the room as the family watched on TV I supposed. Children do that don't they. And it's lived with me ever since.

Posted by Bill Pope July 15, 09 02:49 PM

What's wrong with picture #13.........the flag is acting like wind is blowing thru...

Posted by Duke Nukem July 15, 09 02:51 PM

I was a wee lad getting ready to celebrate my 3rd birthday when they touched down. I don't have a direct memory, but I remember enough shadowy things that other relatives have confirmed that it was indeed Apollo 11.

It's among my most cherished memories.

I hope my own son will see men return to the moon one day.

Posted by David M. July 15, 09 02:53 PM

1969, when news really was news (not about celebrities). One of those events most of us remember clearly, exactly where we were and with whom. Please check out great photos of all the Apollo missions at For those of you complaining about the state of the current USA, more people have healthcare now than in 1969, Iraq is no Vietnam, and abortion is not the biggest political issue of the day (at least not for most Americans). An example of the very best America and humanity can achieve.

Posted by Anonymous July 15, 09 03:05 PM

Wow, had never seen a picture of him before -- Dr. Strangelove DOES look just like Wernher von Braun.

Posted by mdmadph July 15, 09 03:13 PM

Please people, some historical perspective here. The economy is terrible, but are we worse off politically than in 1969? We were emeshed in the Vietnam War, Iraq is no Vietnam. The year before Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy had been assassinated, a sitting US president had decided not to run for re-election and there had been riots at the Democratic national convention in Chicago. There had been race riots in many major US cities. Eastern Europe was behind the iron curtain, Berlin split by the Wall and there had been major conflict in the Middle East. Just a little persepctive here.

Posted by Anonymous July 15, 09 03:15 PM

Duke Nukem, oh my! There is no lunar "wind" to blow the flag in the picture, there is a rod inserted to hold it out nice and straight for all to proudly see. Big events in 1969 had nothing to do the release of a new video game. Try to appreciate the anniversary of something truely important.

Posted by Anonymous July 15, 09 03:21 PM

The day they landed, at home was very low electricity tension, so we can not see the TV!!!, so, father put one or two (I do not remember) electric transformes in reverse order, and we could see the landing. I was 8 yeras old, and I remember it like it was yesterday.

Posted by Cumo July 15, 09 03:24 PM

What an awesome set of photos.

It is unbelieveable what we can accomplish when we focus on it.

Posted by Beaker July 15, 09 03:29 PM

Fantastic!!! I remember that day.........tears were flowing....a few now too!

Posted by Rose July 15, 09 03:29 PM

to comment 40, special flag. look at the top, there is a horizontal bar to keep the flag extended and visible for the picture. Otherwise, it'd look sad...

being a keen photographer, I'd like to know how they wprked out their photos by then. Must have been quite a challenge to judge the light. No decent lightmeters were available. Were the astronauts wildly bracketing for every shot? That was film. No way to check on the spot. Kudos for that feat too.

Posted by ben wilhelmi July 15, 09 03:39 PM

I love the pictures, but I would like to see what the Mission Control Room looks like today.

Posted by Weaver Rose July 15, 09 03:45 PM

Agree with #49 referring to comment #40 about picture 13. Discovery did a special debunking each of the conspiracy theorists "evidence" of a fake moon landing. The "waving flag" was one of them, and a rod was inserted to make the flag appear to flap, so it could be seen, otherwise it would have just drooped.

Posted by realist July 15, 09 03:54 PM

I hope I will see a Mars landing in my life time....

For me the Moon landings are like ancient history, they happened in the past... before I was born, and I am not that happy that the best achievement of any human civilization is a thing that will soon be half a century old.

It is sad to see that human space exploration (and in general our globalized civilization) has been going downhill from there.

Best regards from Romania, the only country in the Eastern Bloc where this USA achievement was broadcasted live on TV. I so envy my father for seeing this happening.

Posted by danezia July 15, 09 04:31 PM

Great work

Posted by Rob July 15, 09 04:36 PM

Great collection of photos that are both inspiring and troubling. Inspiring in our accomplisments 40 years ago...troubling in that we've taken for granted all the positives that have resulted from such endeavors. It's time to go back...and beyond. Let's inspire another generation.

Posted by zed July 15, 09 04:39 PM

yo naci en 1962 en Tijuana Mexico... y al ver esas hermosas fotos siento muchas emociones.... siento orgullo, siento ganas de llorar por la nostalgia... tan solo tenia 6 años cuando vi a un hombre llegar a la luna... esa fue una proeza inolvidable.... que tiempos.... gracias USA

Posted by Mario de Tijuana July 15, 09 04:41 PM

#17 That's some shoddy looking workmanship around the thruster nozzles. I hope the next generation Moon gear has a better fit and finish. I also hope that there actually IS a next generation Moon expedition.

Posted by Carbon July 15, 09 04:41 PM

duke nukem
I believe it is the thrusters making the flag move in #13

Posted by rob halett July 15, 09 04:51 PM

to comment # 50
Old Mission Control has been preserved, just like it was in the Apollo days sans the smell of cigarette smoke. I'm not sure how they did that. But up in the corner now hangs the flag that was once on the moon. The flag from the Apollo 17 mission. Every flag on the moon was once hung in mission control. For each mission, they'd take it down for it to go to the moon. The last one we brought back and hung it back up in mission control.

And yes, these pictures are amazing.

Posted by stewie July 15, 09 05:19 PM

Somebody made a music video about this moon mission. they used footage from the apollo cameras. Pretty cool

Posted by Derrick July 15, 09 05:19 PM

I swear in #28 that you can see the Earth at the very top of his visor.

#25 pretty much is a good snap shot of the entire earth on the day after the landing.

My favorite is #35 though.

#40... what happened to those days? I don't think I've ever seen a celebration like that in my entire life, and I was born in 1985.

Posted by Ray July 15, 09 05:23 PM

As a child, at times, my father would take me out at night to view the Moon. He would speak about his desire to go there someday.
His son remembered him in July of 1969, while sitting in the Lunar Mapping Lab at NASA, Houston, watching the astronauts piloting the LEM to a safe landing on the surface of the Moon.

When questioning "Was this trip worth the effort?" The answer must be yes, for such a life altering event is shared not only by those who directly participated, but also, by all mankind on this earth that watched in awe at what can be achieved by the good people here on Earth, and then chose to pass this along to the next generation through their children.

Posted by Alex July 15, 09 05:27 PM

I am in awe of these photos. As I looked at them, I remembered alot of what was going on then, and started to get teary-eyed. I sat in front of the tv and watched that whole trip unfold, and can't believe it was 40 years ago when this happened.
The black and white picture of the moon is so beautiful and stark, that it is perfect.

Posted by Virginia July 15, 09 05:57 PM


Posted by MOHAMMAD July 15, 09 06:00 PM

Amazing Pics....As always. No words to expressssssssssssssssss

Posted by Anonymous July 15, 09 06:01 PM

Such a great memory in pro of the human kind.

Posted by Dante Santos July 15, 09 06:05 PM

#35 is unique indeed!

It's frame captures *ALL* humanity minus 1 - the photographer!

Posted by mouridis July 15, 09 06:07 PM

Yes, FILM PHOTOS rock. Thank you all for taking high quality pictures since long time ago.

Posted by John Edway July 15, 09 06:25 PM

#24 - So moving.

Posted by Sav July 15, 09 06:32 PM

No matter what space travel becomes in the future, these were the most memorable moments, being the first........ I'm just happy that my Dad kept me awake that night to see Armstrong step on the moon..... I'll never forget it........Keep it up NASA, let me enjoy the same thing again with my sons, watching a man step on Mars.

Posted by Ken K. from Boca July 15, 09 06:39 PM

These are realy great pictures! hope we get to the moon again soon! so it would be "one big step for men and a second stage for space exploration too"!

Roland Taams
Chairman Astronomical society Omega Centauri The Netherlands

Posted by Roland Taams July 15, 09 06:39 PM

I believe Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin came out and walked on the moon 2-3 hours ahead of schedule so that viewers on the East Coast could see this historic moment at a decent hour. I think this was actually suggested (or even ordered) by Richard Nixon. We were headed home from the Cape and stopped at my relatives unexpectedly so that we could watch Mr. Armstrong's first step. I was 12 at the time.

PK and others - the trip was worth the effort. Why? Well, one is the minaturization of electronics. They had to cram a bunch of of electronics on board, so engineers had to reduce the size. What did minaturization get us? Just about everything you see in a modern society. FYI - the space shuttle has taken this to a higher level. Think JPEGs, ceramics, etc.

Posted by Space Oddity July 15, 09 06:41 PM

58: Stagnation happened. The reason you haven't seen any celebration like that in the last 40 years is because nobody has accomplished anything remotely as breathtaking since.Looking at those pictures puts me in mind of the days when the US was the leading technological and economic - as well as military - power on Earth. I predict, however, that the US won't even be in the race to Mars, which the PRC will win.

All that aside, #3 shows us another time with another breed of men.

Posted by Hon Wei July 15, 09 06:44 PM

I was thinking to myself about the resolution of these photos - pretty high. Something wasn't clicking in my head... didn't cameras take low resolution pictures in the past? Then it occurred to me that they were all taken on film, not digital. How quickly we can forget!

Posted by Sasha July 15, 09 07:13 PM

@ Weaver Rose: For a glimpse of the accretion of technology in Mission Control, see

Inspiring moment, great pictures.

Posted by Des July 15, 09 07:16 PM

Breathtaking accomplishment. Perhaps the pinnacle of the country's greatness, something that uniquely elevates the U.S.A. above other nations, and still the reference point against which other prospective achievements are compared: "If we can put a man on the moon..."

Posted by Slash July 15, 09 07:22 PM

"Carbon" states: "#17 That's some shoddy looking workmanship around the thruster nozzles. I hope the next generation Moon gear has a better fit and finish."

You *do* know that in a VACCUMM, it's not going to matter, right? It was only mylar foil thermal wrapping; it didn't *have* to look pretty, just do it's job.

Posted by WesternSpaceport July 15, 09 07:30 PM

Can't help but feel #18 is a younger more innocent earth than the one we live on today.

Posted by medaholic July 15, 09 07:41 PM

My heroes!

Posted by andresv July 15, 09 07:45 PM

Once of those moments where you know exactly where you were and what you were doing. I'll never forget the complete awe -- and the pride.

Posted by LaurieBee July 15, 09 07:59 PM

I had tears : D

Posted by Hoogle July 15, 09 08:45 PM

Son Steven David was born 9 years earlier than this magnificent journey into space. I often said to him that his birthday was so important that this grand event happened in celebration of his day. Viewing the photography today, July 15, 2009, and remembering the spectacular attitudes of our country at that time was excitingly dynamic. Yet a saddness permeates our world today as evey thing has becme so very complicated. But when we seriously think about the abilities that humanity can positively do, one realizes that progress does happen and it is wonderful to have the internet today to view the marvelous achievements of our wonderful free society, America!! GOD BLESS AMERICA. EJ & RW Mcm Estero
EJ Mcm in Estero

Posted by EJ & RW McMichael July 15, 09 09:03 PM

I'm very proud to say that my dad worked in mission control in Houston during the Apollo missions. It was a great time for our family. Every lift-off, every mission was something to our family. I still get excited when I see footage from this era. I also get that very proud feeling when I watch the Space Shuttles lift off and return home. This truly was a giant step for all mankind.

Posted by Nola W. July 15, 09 09:05 PM

These are outstanding, great work as always.

I was 9 years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. I can remember watching the landing while sitting on the floor of my family's house in Framingham, Massachusetts. I can literally roll back to that point in time.

Where did those 40 years go?

Posted by Jeff Barr July 15, 09 10:13 PM

Love #24. That picture alone should be enough to convince anybody that they really did walk on the moon. THAT is the face face of a man who is seriously geeked about just having done something really cool.

Posted by chuck Jann July 15, 09 10:30 PM

Wait, who was holding the camera for no. 21? A little green man?

Posted by MiGrant July 15, 09 10:38 PM

This is what 3% of the US GDP will buy you. Soon NASA will do it again with much less.

Posted by Nathan Hamilton July 15, 09 11:13 PM

WOW!!, What more can you say. I was 11 at the time. Nothing before or since has come close to it for achievement by man. WOW!!

Posted by Roger Dillon July 15, 09 11:28 PM

Great pictures! But have we made no progress whatsoever in the past 40 years? Are we, just now, trying to figure out how to get back to the moon? What the hell happened, is it Alzheimer's? Please somebody explain to me why we are trying to get back to the moon instead of exploring new front like mars..

Posted by John July 15, 09 11:31 PM

Just let's concentrate on this Madoff-like economy of ours before we go to Mars or Pluto on these fancy new plasma rockets.

Posted by Putin July 15, 09 11:40 PM

@85: It was bolted to lander and triggered automatically. Sheeeeesh.

Posted by Arlo July 16, 09 12:30 AM

Nice Omega's.

Posted by Anonymous July 16, 09 12:40 AM

Maravillosas fotografías que hoy son un valioso testimonio de uno de los momentos más grandes de la humanidad.
La llegada del hombre a la Luna, representa el esfuerzo de miles de personas de diversas nacionalidades, pero correspondió solo a tres seres humanos: Aldrin, Collins y Armstrong representar a la especie humana en una de las más grandes proezas, no superada hasta el día de hoy.

Posted by Humberto Rocha Sánchez July 16, 09 12:44 AM

Fantastic! I remember it well. These men are true heroes tp me and all the others who sacrificed their lives for exploration of space. I get a kick out of detractors who obviously haven't a clue as to why space exploration is vital to our country.

Posted by Pete Johansen July 16, 09 01:02 AM

#72: I think we have not seen such celebrations since then because that was the last great and grand effort of the Industrial age (for lack of a better term). We used to conquer things with massive building projects, dams, steamhips, railroad engines, airplanes, etc. - bigger faster stronger. Now we are learning to finesse problems and be a bit more conservative in our use of resources. It did not get a parade but sequenceing the human genome will have a greater near term effect on humanity than the first moom landing. Don't get me wrong. I witnessed the landing. I wanted to be a part of the space program. I loved the landing and love that we did it - humans I mean. But a BIG lesson we learned was that throwing away 98% of the mass is not a good, safe or sustainable way to get somewhere and then stay to do long term work. PRC may get to Mars first. If they do it will be due to decades of efforts by many peoples on Earth. But I would hope it will be an international team. There is no sense in going unless you are going to stay for an extended period. As we have seen with the ISS having multiple groups supporting a single effort is the way to sustain research in the long haul.

Posted by Bruce Zimmerman July 16, 09 01:13 AM

I wonder if poor Michael Collins ever got to step on the moon.

Posted by MP July 16, 09 01:34 AM

i am moved.

Posted by jule July 16, 09 01:35 AM

Danke, Danke :-)))

Posted by heliun July 16, 09 01:58 AM

Here's some progress on the Mars front

Posted by Alosh July 16, 09 02:03 AM

40 Years we in not peace. Powers can do so many things. Is that science once upon power?

Posted by Elayoou July 16, 09 02:29 AM

Picture @30 gives me the chills, "Wowzers, thats a long way home"

Posted by Dezorian July 16, 09 03:20 AM

@26 As if!

Posted by Edje July 16, 09 03:20 AM

spectacular pictures as usual..I love your blog!!

you are doing a great work.

Posted by Brahmin July 16, 09 03:38 AM

Great mankind achievement it was! Hope we can get back one day!

#35 " one frame, appeared three billion earthlings..."
This is not true, as a result of the Moon's synchronous rotation, one side of the Moon (the "near side") is permanently turned towards Earth.This means, conversely, that one side of the Earth is permanently turned towards Moon, so it's just some some portion of earthlings living of Earth's "near side" can be seen on that picture.

Posted by parxier July 16, 09 03:38 AM

Loved it! THANKS for the photos!

Posted by Isaac July 16, 09 04:13 AM

I love these photos. Makes you wonder what's keeping us back from going there. I mean, if they managed it 40 years ago it can't be that hard!

I recommend the book "Full Moon" from Michael Light, which has a lot of absolutely stunning photos of the moon missions.

Posted by Chris Capito July 16, 09 04:32 AM

Can't wait for you guys to go back to the moon with High Definition Camera's, great thing is i am named after Neil Armstrong...God Speed.

Posted by Neil July 16, 09 04:39 AM

Great chapter and pictures as always!

I already heard that people are missing the stars on all the pictures taken from the first moon mission. This is indeed true for this collection. Why are there not stars in the background of all the images? Does anybody know?

Posted by Luke July 16, 09 04:51 AM

Great event !
My father bought a TV set for this event, as did other friends' family. I was 15, and our family spent the whole night watching the TV, as it happened during the night for us. It is still like yesterday.
The day after seemed to me as nothing could never be as "before"... and a strange feeling that such a new breakthrough would take a long time to come.

I am still very impressed by these wonderful photos. 28 is the best for me.

Posted by Dominique from France July 16, 09 04:52 AM

My question is, why does the american flag move like there is wind in the lunar air??

Posted by Bandi July 16, 09 04:53 AM

Great USA, the hope of the world.

Posted by N43 July 16, 09 04:55 AM

@88: Getting back to the moon now means to establish a constant moon base for further missions and explorations.

Posted by Luke July 16, 09 05:02 AM

Awesome pics........

Posted by Dennizz July 16, 09 05:52 AM

Three billion earthlings? Has the population really doubled in such a short span of time? I'd love to see man walk on Mars, but I have a feeling the US will rest on its laurels until the Chinese start planning a trip-- then the spirit of competition will kick start our efforts. One way or another, it's inexcusable for us to have visited once, then never returned; instead of the ISS, they should have made a moon base.

Posted by Jupiter July 16, 09 05:54 AM

I think these are the most amazing pictures ever taken so far.

Posted by Daniel July 16, 09 06:00 AM

Just amazing. To have real pioneers knowing they may never come back, do great things. It shows a very stern dedication to space exploration.

Posted by Anonymous July 16, 09 06:04 AM

Thanks for posting these pictures. I wasn't born at the time but still I get goosebumps seeing them. It really adds something special to see the pics in large together with great quotes.
Just imagine standing there on the moon where absolutely nobody could ever have been before! I think I would have liked to just stay at the moon forever and lay on the ground staring at the sky/universe, watching the earth pass by...

Posted by Christian July 16, 09 06:10 AM

I was alive when this happened and it was truly "awesome" in the classical sense of the word. The. Big. Standout. Moment.

But today there's something I don't understand ... Instead of all these crazy stimulus packages and "bailouts" of companies that go ahead and go through bankruptcy anyway, why not just go full-bore on a space program? Have Obama say "Mars" and really mean it; just like Kennedy said "Moon" and meant it. That'll give you all the jobs, manufacturing and challenges you could ever want ... AND give Americans a feeling that the country is doing something bold and courageous -- not just trying some other people far away how they should live their lives. We could definitely make it, all we need to do is try.

But we need to REALLY try.

Posted by RedElvis July 16, 09 06:24 AM

They forgot the picture of the restaurant where they ate, good food, no atmosphere!

Posted by Bruce Willis July 16, 09 06:59 AM

Thanks for these photos! Some of which this is the first time I've seen in 40 years! Seems like only yesterday I was going into the freshman year of high! Thanks again! Remember staying up 'til 3:00 A.M. watching the moon, LIVE!?

Posted by David Sanders July 16, 09 07:10 AM

NASA has been a part of our nation's financial stimulus package for decades.

Since these early Apollo explorations, NASA and its many contractors have provided research and development in diverse fields of science, engineering and technology and thousands of desirable jobs across all regions of our country.

Reducing the space program will potentially result in a shift to less technological research being funded and lower paying short term job replacements.

Posted by Rick Varner July 16, 09 07:12 AM

thanks for the amazing pictures

Posted by nafis July 16, 09 07:57 AM

Luke, stars aren't in the pictures, IIRC because if the exposure was set to allow the background stars to be shown, the photos would've been horribly overexposed. The sun was up, so there's quite a bit of ambient light..

Posted by Dennis (Icarus) July 16, 09 08:28 AM

STEAK AND EGGS FOR BRAKFAST now that's a man's meal

Posted by ji,m July 16, 09 08:44 AM

Wow what a memory . I was 9 years old and was simply amazed. Thanks for the flashback.

Posted by Al King July 16, 09 09:12 AM

@parxier (Post 102):
You might want to check your facts. Your are talking about a geostationary orbit, not a tidal lock. In your scenario the moon would be visible only from one side of the world, which is not the case.

Posted by trvllr July 16, 09 09:12 AM

Mankind will again be feel something similar on the event of First Contact

Posted by SFX July 16, 09 09:14 AM

Thanks for the awesome collection of photos. I grew up with some of these pictures on my wall as a boy. It is a crime we haven't been back in my lifetime (I'm 35).

Posted by Aggiepublius July 16, 09 09:51 AM

MP @ 95

I don't believe Michael Collins ever did get to step on the moon, poor guy. He also had the dubious honour of being the most isolated / alone person in history up to that point.

As Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the descent to the surface of the moon, he had to stay behind in the command module as it continued orbiting the moon - around to the 'dark' side, where he was alone and out of radio contact with mission control and 240,000 miles from home - and back.

Posted by justasitsounds July 16, 09 09:51 AM

It all makes sense now, but at one point the idea of the spidery little "lunar landar" was seen as lunacy. Many credit the perseverance of Dr. John C. Houbolt ( for our success in getting there, because the alternatives would have been even more expensive!

[Dr. Houbolt is my father-in-law. I wrote a short piece summarizing his contribution to the space program, "Shoot the Moon" (]

Posted by P T Withington July 16, 09 10:03 AM

I remember watching this on a tiny TV at the restaurant of a mountain resort in Switzerland. I also remember that I was bored and it took forever, but everyone else seemed to think it was very very important. I now realize that I was only six years old, but it's a very vivid memory. Great pictures!

Posted by SolaVeritas July 16, 09 10:04 AM

amazing, let coloring all with peace

Posted by gibs July 16, 09 10:05 AM

It never dawned on me until I saw the last photo that a ticker tape parade was celebrated with actual ticker tape from stock tickers.

The idea of this is so amazing. Something so exciting and spontaneous that you gather whatever is around you and celebrate like we just landed on the moon.

Posted by Chris Erwin July 16, 09 10:13 AM

I remember watching this on television.It was so amazing we sat and watch almost every minute of it.

Posted by debbie July 16, 09 10:24 AM

Fatti non foste per viver come bruti, ma per seguir virtute e canoscienza.......

Posted by Simonetta July 16, 09 10:26 AM

#102 -- think: One side of the Earth always faces the Moon? Please name the sad countries that never see the moon rise or set or shine overhead. Some of the rest of you need to go back to school, too -- The flag was braced to "wave", if the stars were visible everything else would be completely overexposed, etc. We aren't taking payload-bays full of dollar bills and dumping them in orbit! Every dollar spent on the space program represents a dollar someone ON EARTH was paid for doing his or her job ON EARTH in support of SOME industry -- farmers whose crops feed the janitors at NASA get paid, too, and THEY ALSO buy stuff with their money, maybe from you! The Space Program = JOB$! Thanks, Big Picture, for a great blog! NOW, ON TO MARS!

Posted by warrenwr July 16, 09 10:38 AM

Thank you for the inspiration. I wrote a blogpost, Once and Future Missions, beginning with my memories of the launch....

"Forty years ago, my dad embarrassed me by stopping on a winding highway in the Colorado Rockies and waving down other drivers asking if they wanted to watch the moon launch. I was six years old. We were on the annual summer camping trip. Dad had had the foresight ..."

Posted by a dark ally July 16, 09 10:57 AM

Nice pictures as always!

Un saludo

Posted by pabliyo July 16, 09 10:58 AM

Arlo: the video camera which recorded Neil Armstrong's first step wasn't entirely automatic; Armstrong had to stop momentarily in his descent down the latter to pull a cord which released the camera's spring-loaded arm to swing out and also triggered the camera to begin transmitting. A pull-cord is disappointingly low-tech, I admit, but it worked. ;-)

Flag flapping -- the flag had a telescoping rod along the top to make it stand out straight (since it would look pathetic hanging limp with no air), but the crew were unable to get it to deploy fully. This left the flag hanging with a crimp in it, a bit like it was being blown in the wind. The effect was so dramatic that subsequent Apollo missions often deliberately kept the rod slightly in so that the flag would have a ripple in it. It's the exact same effect you can get with curtains if they're shorter than the rod.

The flag later flapped quite violently during the ascent module's liftoff, blown by the ship's exhaust. It is believed that it tipped over entirely during this, but of course there was no going back to check. Maybe LRO will have neough resolution to tell -- if the flag hasn't entirely disintegrated in the unfiltered sunlight. (It's not a special fabric, and fabric doesn't hold up well to sunlight, even on Earth.)

Posted by Calli Arcale July 16, 09 11:22 AM

Great stuff. Thank you very much. God Bless America !!! Brought tears. I was almost 10 and watched in awe.... Like yesterday.

Posted by Brazzel July 16, 09 11:29 AM

Q: "why does the american flag move like there is wind in the lunar air??"

A: The flag is open because of a horizontal bar at the top. However, I think you are referring to the "ripples" in the flag. This is due to the flag pole being moved while the astronauts installed it. Since there is no air, harmonic waves similar to dropping a stone in a lake, continue to wave the flag much longer than would be on Earth. Eventually the flag would settle.

Posted by Morris July 16, 09 11:52 AM

parxier ~re #35: NO earthlings are visible in the picture but the whole earth is there. In photos of you your backside is still there and it exists even though the camera doesn't record it and if there was a bug on your back it would exist too. The awesomeness of that picture is that the earth, the moon and the lander are all there. Everything (everyone) in our small universe, save the planets behind us, are represented in that picture, everything but the photographer himself. Makes him totally unique and the picture amazing.
I sure wish the plaque on the lander said 'people' instead of 'men'. and 'humankind' or 'humanity' instead of 'mankind' not very generous of the guys is it.nice of the guys to hog all the glory .

Posted by wandalee July 16, 09 11:57 AM

Beautiful - It is hard to believe that it has been 40 years.

thanks for the amazing pictures

Posted by Bruce Baker July 16, 09 11:58 AM

In the "Visor" photo, Aldrin's shadow directs at the front of him, thou on his reflection it goes back. Pretty optically impossible, isn't it?

Posted by Felipe Méndez July 16, 09 12:36 PM

A fantastic series of photographs of what is arguably mans greatest engineering feat. I was just a young boy but I remember watching the television whilst at school.

Posted by Greg Thompson of Perth Western Australia July 16, 09 12:39 PM

wonderful and amazing pictures bringing tears of joy.

Posted by saraswathi kannan July 16, 09 01:02 PM

We'll back!

Posted by hw July 16, 09 01:19 PM

You just got my heart pumping and tears flowing. Been working outside today and looked up to see the waxing moon. Decided to go check the news. This is the best I found. Thanks much. And I was 15 then...... time does fly. We should fly like this AGAIN!

Posted by D. Mark D. July 16, 09 01:23 PM

@Wandalee #141: "I sure wish the plaque on the lander said 'people' instead of 'men'. and 'humankind' or 'humanity' instead of 'mankind' not very generous of the guys is it.nice of the guys to hog all the glory ."

I don't think any reasonable person reads the text of the plaque as an overt effort to exclude women. It's context--deal with it. Our language would be poorer, by far, if everything we said/wrote had to be explicit and literal. After all, many, many men _and women_ participated in the effort to put 12 men on the Moon. Stating that every person who walked on the Moon (so far) had a Y chromosome does no dishonor to those without one--it's just the way it is.

Posted by Chris Anderson July 16, 09 01:38 PM

Does anybody know what kind of glasses Kennedy is wearing in #2?

Posted by Sam July 16, 09 01:48 PM

Fabulous pictures.
For those asking about how the control room looks today, here's a photo: I took this in 2003 but was there a couple of months ago and it's still like this.

Posted by Jo July 16, 09 01:50 PM

@Felipe Mendez #143:
"In the "Visor" photo, Aldrin's shadow directs at the front of him, thou on his reflection it goes back. Pretty optically impossible, isn't it?"

How so? Aldrin's shadow is in front of him in both the foreground of the photo, and in the reflection. Armstrong's shadow (seen only in the reflection) is behind him, because he's facing the opposite direction that Aldrin is (since the two men are facing each other). A bit of sloppy reasoning on your part, I'm afraid--next time think it through carefully before posting, please.

Posted by Chris Anderson July 16, 09 01:52 PM

This sure takes me back when America was once an incredible powerhouse of technology that is quickly waning since we have outsourced everything to India and China. It is saddens to me to see how many Americans forget the contributions made by engineers in our society and that they are no longer needed in our society. It is nice to see photos that remember when the USA was a real leader in many respects as oppose today. I loved this time when we were real explorers.

Posted by JC July 16, 09 01:53 PM

Fabulous pictures, what a feat of innovation and imagination.
"We Came in Peace For All Mankind"- Yeah, I get a bit teary. The idealism of it, that this triumph wasn't just for America, it was for humanity. Just electrifying.
Still, makes me intensely proud of America, a shining moment.

Posted by Belvoir July 16, 09 01:54 PM

I was just a little girl in kindegarden but I still have vivid memories of watching the teacher roll out a television so we could all watch as they landed and ultimately walked on the moon. I was so awestruck then and am even more as I look at the International Space Station and all it represents. I believe we will one day get to Mars but we need to figure out how the create artificial gravity if we're going to do it. We need a strong leader to take a stand and push us to colonize the moon and take us to Mars!!

Awesome pictures. They brought back some exciting memories.

Posted by Sammie Falls July 16, 09 02:09 PM

I still remember how excited I was when, as a seven year old, my Father came to get me out of bed - it was about 2am over here - to watch the landing on TV.

I 'still' want to go to the moon...

Posted by Richard July 16, 09 02:22 PM

I remember the mad rush that week to buy our first color TV so that we could watch the event "in living color"... I remember the absolute awe and amazement, the heart-stopping wonder of it all -- a man, not terribly unlike any other man, actually on the moon! The promise of a future in space, the unbounded exploration of the universe.

Heady times for a young boy who aspired to be a scientist, and conquer new worlds! My kids just don't have a frame of reference for it.

Posted by Stan Hanks July 16, 09 02:38 PM

Amazing. I was just coming up 7 and my dad got me out of bed to watch this saying it would be something to be remembered forever. How right he was. Im now a photographer and still in oar of the images.

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Posted by Anonymous July 16, 09 02:58 PM

What a horror - imagine you come from moon, and the first person you see is Richard Nixon!

Posted by harald-the-bow July 16, 09 03:22 PM

Hi everyone, i'm Beppe from Italy and i would like to make a question (i'm sorry if someone already asked it) there anyone who can tell me something more particular about what Armstrong and others saw on the moon?
Newspaper today says only that Armstrong didn't want to speak about ufo and strange lights and also if i know that there are one million of theory, i hope to read some true information. Thank you very much.
However i don't forget the value and beauty of this event, "we came in peace for all mankind" represents for me an evolution of the human being cuase space resize our small, light, often hostile conceptions. We should have to came in peace on earth too! Peace :)

Posted by Beppe July 16, 09 03:24 PM

I remember the day well. Vacationing at the NJ shore with my two small children, we were gluded to the tv. Who know I would be at NASA working for space program. The astronauts are my heros, such brave men and women. I am proud to be part of the space program. And yes, these pictures are awesome,

Posted by Arlene July 16, 09 03:28 PM

Thank you for the memories, and everyone's comments. I was six and dad made my brothers and I stay up & watch on color tv, like some others posted. I was blown away. The photos take me right back- just like they took back so many other commenters. I am also glad to read about folks who were born later feeling the enormity of this event by looking at these photos, especially the ones of the view of Earth from spacecraft.

And yes, I wish to this day they had done a better job than "man" & "mankind." But I'm ok with it. As another poster commented, Let's do it again...shall we???

Posted by S. Bush July 16, 09 03:29 PM


Posted by manolo_elmas July 16, 09 03:41 PM

My favorite post yet! I wasn't born yet but I wish I could've witnessed this. I love what an earlier commenter wrote, "these were a differnt breed of man". So true. I too have tears in my eyes. Thank you so much for posting these beautiful pictures.

Posted by Carrie July 16, 09 03:47 PM

Could somone please explain to me how was the US falg set in a way which shows it as if a wind was blowing there...? (No conspiracies please )

Posted by Tom Bitris July 16, 09 03:54 PM

In Photo #5 Buzz Aldrin is wearing a red Boy Scout wool jacket which has a felt patch sewn to it in the shape of a bull indicating that he had been to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Just to be picky, the patch should have been sewn on higher so that the tail of the bull goes over the shoulder.

Posted by Scoutdude July 16, 09 04:27 PM

@Tom Bitris #164:
Three things: 1) The flags on each Apollo mission had a rigid horizontal rod along their top edge to make them stand out and look more photogenic. Without the rod, they'd hang perpetually limp. 2) The material the flags were made of was a bit "crumply," so after they were deployed they didn't always hang flat under their own (reduced, lunar) weight. 3) When the flags move in video, it's only because an astronaut is touching them, or they're being blown by the exhaust of the ascent stage as the astronauts left the Moon.

Posted by Chris Anderson July 16, 09 04:29 PM

I am so glad that this history is preserved. We are being indoctrinated that nothing good has been done, or can be done, by white men. These pictures don't lie. And a lot of them were smokers too!

Posted by M. Green July 16, 09 04:31 PM

Superb....thank you for a great selection......forwarded by my son Brendan
whose fascination has never waned, one day day.

Posted by Susan Turner July 16, 09 04:38 PM

I remember the day as if it were today, I was on my first date, in my date's Mother's
Dodge Polara. We were going towatch the Blue Angels scream through the sky at the Hanscom Air Force Base. We heard the news on the AM radio... An American has walked on the Moon!

Last night I watched the shuttle leave it's earthly bounds. It is not for nothing we look up to the brave humans who risk all. These are the brightest , with the most faith in themselves, and their support group. God speed.

Posted by Bruce Willis July 16, 09 04:47 PM

Reference Blog # 143 - Do you have the heart of scientist and the eyes of a critic? - Good!

I smile at the lessons we can learn from prospective and correct analysis even after so many years - just doesn't seem so long ago... Look at Photo # 28. Classic photo - wonderful untouched high quality photo - Ready?

Please look at Neil standing beside the LEM. Now draw an imaginary line between the two men - note that Buzz's shadow is on the left of that line in both the reflection and the lunar dirt. Just as it should be. Next, if you see the reflection of the LEM on the right side of Buzz's visor it is also on your right. Neil's reflection is as if you were standing in front of your mirror. Try it. now wave your right hand and see what your reflection does... lol - Life is GOOD!

I am thankful for all of the pioneers throughout history - For the achievements of all mankind - of every nation - for the things we learn and share - these are the building blocks that help us to achieve the nobler things - Oh how can we do better?

Yes, by all means have breathtaking goals and put the selfishness behind - let us stir one another up to achieve things that we can celebrate. Yes, Mr President - whoever you are and wherever you are let us be challenged - Have a dream - Don't give us money - Give us a fantastic dream - a dream that we can work for , go to school for, bust our tails for, and unite in. Give us dreams - We will work as we have always done in the face of challenge - As God wills it.

Posted by Carl Angwin July 16, 09 05:00 PM

awesome. one thing that floors me is how "rudimentary" the space suits look compared to today. all those early guys have balls the size of cannonballs. gonna look for the recent video (2006 ?) of some guy harrassing Buzz that the mission was faked & he decks the guy. classic.

Posted by Geoff July 16, 09 05:10 PM

I lOVE aLL IT, Thanks for the Photossss :D:D:D:D:D:D

Posted by PaulO Henrique July 16, 09 06:10 PM

@109 -
Nasa of course knew that there would be no wind in a vacuum, so they added a support pole to the top of the flag pole. So that the Pole itself held the flag out. It'll still move slightly, but it wasn't strictly "flying"

Posted by AshJ July 16, 09 06:25 PM

I was wondering, where is the dust on the landing pads? Also, how was the lunar lander able to navigate with just a single rocket and assuming that it did, where is the blast crated underneath the lander that the rocket would have created? Why are there no pictures of stars? I am also wondering why Collins denied the visibility of the stars during the first press conference but then wrote about how spectacular the stars appeared from the lunar surface ten years later in his book?

Posted by Don Millan July 16, 09 06:36 PM

Growing up around the space business has truly been an awesome experience. My dad, Bruce H. Walton Sr. worked in mission control in Houston. He was part of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and several Satellite operations. I remember going to work with him on occasion. I not only thank my dad, I thank all the Astronauts and everybody involved in the Space Program. To think what has been achieved is simply awesome. America put a man on the moon. Mars is next.
Now look what’s happening in Washington D.C.

Posted by Bruce H Walton Jr July 16, 09 06:39 PM

#18 is unreal. Left me without words.

Posted by Rich July 16, 09 07:15 PM

These photos bring back memories of the many times I watched from my workplace on Redsone Arsenal to see the Saturn V being test fired. What a rumble and roar. I worked for the Army but NASA (Dr. Wernher von Braun) was headquarted in the same building with us. I was able to meet Astronauts Deke Slayton and Walter Schirra when they visited Dr. von Braun. I have their autographs from that visit in the early 1960s.
The moon landing a most exciting time.

Posted by Jean July 16, 09 07:22 PM

Great photos and I totally agree that it's time to hear more about Mars and sending a manned voyage there.

Posted by Roseann July 16, 09 08:20 PM

It was a year before I got married, and I was working as a telephone operator. I asked to be off work, went to my grandmother's to watch TV, and I dialed O on her phone and left the phone off the hook, so the other operators could tune into the sound from the TV. That night I looked at the moon, in awe that men had walked upon it. Today, I imagine what my grandmother, who was alive when man first flew a plane at Kitty Hawk, was thinking.

Posted by Connie July 16, 09 08:50 PM

Yes. Do it again guys, no one else can.

Posted by Leo Nev July 16, 09 09:05 PM

It brings back memories of my Italian Grandfather sitting in his rocker, watching CBS, Walter Cronkite, crying. Why are you crying Grandpa? I asked. His reply was "I courted your Grandmother sitting in a piazza outside of Roma, and we would look at the moon, now there are men on the moon. I come to America on a boat, now we have rockets to the moon." Helps you to understand the magnitude of this awesome event. One of many wonderful experiences growing up Italian and in the 60's.

Posted by Ed Cistolo July 16, 09 09:22 PM

One must wonder why thought was not devoted to capitalize on that trip; build a permanent station on the moon and save billions of dollars wasted on the present "space station" soon to be abandoned. Thoughts of another trip now and the pointless Mars excursion are evidence that NASA people are out of touch with the country and its' needs. It has become a group of navel--lookers with excess budgets playing lets study-for-fun games unrelated to any near time needs of the society. They have become an adjunct of the defense-military complex with many of the same cast members supported by ignorant Congressmen seeking self-survival by routing tax payers earnings to their aupporters.

Posted by Russell Cuthbert July 16, 09 09:30 PM

We were living in Alaska at the time. The Apollo 11 Mission is the only think I ever remember being aired *live via satellite* there. It was all black and white, but still very wonderful to my 6 (almost 7) year old self. These pictures are simply wonderful.

Posted by Christopher McNabb July 16, 09 10:37 PM

Magic. Pure magic. And I watched them pull the rabbit out of the hat.

Posted by B. Ays July 16, 09 10:39 PM

Awesome pictures.

My Dad was a lead designer of the IU that handled the Saturn V's staging.
We lived in Huntsville, and I remember well how the house would shake when they test fired the engines.

The computer that was the heart of the IU had much times capability than your cell phone. But they made it work, and the IU even corrected for an engine failure on Apollo XIII.

My Dad is an engineer, and not given to emotion, but I still remember him crying when we landed on the moon. He didn't know what he had been a part of until that moment.

He has always said that the Space Program was more about the poetry than the science.

Posted by Dan Bill July 16, 09 10:45 PM

Truly a scientific and engineering milestone.
I was 19 at the time. My mother and I watched the coverage of the landing. My father and younger brother went to the beach that day! We all gathered around the t.v. that night. There were no vcr's or dvd recorders in those days, however we took still pictures off the t.v. using 2 1/4 square Rolli. They turned out! I still can remember Walter Cronkite on thebroadcast.

Posted by Gerry July 16, 09 11:20 PM

Strange how people can't remember who took Armstrong's pictgure #21. There was a that was deployed from the Lunar Module.

Posted by Gerry July 16, 09 11:24 PM

These are glorious pictures - thanks
I remember watching Walter Cronkite suffer with the rest of us, waiting to hear those words form the Moon.
Why aren't there people on the Moon now, looking at this story thru their internet connection?
Good question

Posted by Jeff Straight July 16, 09 11:29 PM

This makes me really want to see man walk on Mars within my lifetime.

Posted by Kevin July 16, 09 11:39 PM

I remember well, I was 11 and living in Switzerland. My dad bought our first TV for this occasion, it looked like something out of the "Jetsons" , and I can still feel the excitement now that I felt then. Walter Cronkite talking in a strange language so far away in the US. We were able to stay up all night for this event, and even our small school got a TV so we would not miss a thing during the day....
After all these years ,it still amazes me and when I close my eyes ,I still see it all, including them floating back to earth and splashing into the ocean!!
,,,and since then our whole family has been interested in Astronomy.

Posted by Claude Gamma July 16, 09 11:44 PM

Such wonderful photos and what great memories they bring back. I was 20 years old and flying to Viet Nam while they were flying to the moon. I had watched the launch on TV before I shipped out and kept wishing I had been with them instead of where I was going. I was so disappointed when the Apollo program was canceled and I'm so happy that we plan to go back to the moon. I remember lying on my back watching Sputnik race across the sky and how that sent chills up my spine. What a great time to have lived and witnessed the space program from its beginnings. All I can say is Wow, Wow, Wow. And thanks to America for what we can do when we put our hearts and minds to the task.

Posted by Edward Henry July 17, 09 12:10 AM

Till now, It can't forget , Even I was not Born.....It is really Great ,,,,,!

Posted by Sathya July 17, 09 12:22 AM

These photos are wonderful. My father was an engineer at NASA during this time and we watched all the launches from our yard.

Posted by Julie Douglass July 17, 09 12:48 AM

#24 is just an incredibly beautiful picture. Just think of what he's feeling! It's amazing.

Posted by Michael July 17, 09 01:21 AM

Great photos, Thanks.. True, it was a giant leap for mankind.

From my visits to various science museums in the US, particularly the National air and space museum in DC, I got a feel that an entire generation of Americans were inspired by this mission. It was not just confined to science labs, schools and govt. But the entire society was electrified. Many diverse private industries participated in some way in the mission, giving a sense of stake and belonging in the entire nation.

Maybe there was the big element of cold war era passion at play, but still I am stuck by awe and admiration for the sheer energy that US could infuse among its public. .. the reader comments in the page also indicate this.

My country, India, has not done enough on this, in spite of Chandrayaan, the recent Indian moon mission being a laudable effort for a nation that got its independence from colonial power just 60 yrs back.

Posted by Jataayu, Bangalore July 17, 09 03:12 AM

@174 Don,
There is no dust on the pads because, in order for dust to be there, there would need to be lots of billowing dust. But billowing dust requires some sort of medium for it to be suspended in, something quite absent in a vacuum. There was a blast crater but it was not, again due to the vacuum, like one that would appear on Earth. The lack of stars is, of course, because any photograph of stars requires a long exposure which the cameras were not calibrated for. Collins would have indeed seen magnificent stars when he went around to the night side of the moon.

Posted by Travis D July 17, 09 03:16 AM

Aged 9 when it happened I felt close to every single human being, all wars around the globe appeared to have come to a cease-fire, and people all over the world had - for a few moments at least - the faint hope of something big to come or to happen in the way we lived with our neighbours. The hope of a big change in the way we treat our own human race, the planet and everything that lives and thrives on it. It remaind a hope, because people are not willing or able to see what a tiny little thing we are in terms of cosmic dimensions. We are not the best, greatest, smartest, biggest, yet, we still are. Be mindful, behave respectfully. DON GKW

Posted by G. Klein-Weiss July 17, 09 03:25 AM

Siento envidia de ser Norteamericano. Que Dios les bendiga. (I feel envy of being a Northamerican citizen. God bless them all). Greetings from Spain.

Posted by Luis Argüelles July 17, 09 03:54 AM

@ 174: I was wondering, where is the dust on the landing pads? Ans: Why would there be dust on the pads? Also, how was the lunar lander able to navigate with just a single rocket and assuming that it did, where is the blast crated underneath the lander that the rocket would have created? Ans: The LM had many rockets with which to "navigate' and why do you think there would there be a 'blast crater'? Why are there no pictures of stars? Ans: We can see stars from Earth, we don't need to go to the Moon to see them. Therefor pictures of stars were not on the itinerary. I am also wondering why Collins denied the visibility of the stars during the first press conference but then wrote about how spectacular the stars appeared from the lunar surface ten years later in his book? Ans: You'd have to ask him, but with lights on in the CM stars would not be visible.

Posted by pilotlars July 17, 09 04:24 AM

Don Millan @#174:

"I was wondering, where is the dust on the landing pads?"

The dust would have been blown away from the rocket nozzle in ballistic arcs, rather than billowing and swirling in the turbulence that would have been generated in an atmosphere, so it's not surprising there's very little dust on the pads.

"Also, how was the lunar lander able to navigate with just a single rocket"

It didn't. The main rocket held its weight, but it had numerous manoeuvering thrusters as well.

"where is the blast crated underneath the lander that the rocket would have created?"

It wouldn't. The rocket was at relatively low power at touchdown - about 3000 pounds of thrust. Given the nozzle had a diameter of 54 inches, that force was spread out over 2300 square inches, giving just 1.5 pounds per square inch - about the force exerted by the feet of an adult standing still! After the layer of loose dust was blown away, it's solid, hard-packed lunar regolith underneath, which isn't going to blasted apart by such a small force.

"Why are there no pictures of stars?"

Actually, if you look on some of the pictures there are a few of the brightest stars visible faintly. Most are not visible because the photographs were taken in lunar daytime, so the exposure times had to be short to avoid overexposing the lunar landscape, the astronauts and their equipment. The stars are just too faint to leave an image on film when exposed for less than 1/100th of a second. Try the same thing yourself with a camera on Earth on a clear night - set it to manual mode with an exposure of, say, 1/250th of a second and point it at the night sky. You won't see many stars on the picture.

"I am also wondering why Collins denied the visibility of the stars during the first press conference but then wrote about how spectacular the stars appeared from the lunar surface ten years later in his book?"

I think you must be mixed up somewhere. Collins never walked on the surface of the moon. He was the Command Module pilot of Apollo 11, staying in orbit around the moon while Aldrin and Armstrong went down to the surface. I do know he talked about how, when he was in the lunar shadow, he could see the stars far better than on Earth, but this is hardly surprising - obviously in the darkness of the lunar shadow, without an atmosphere or light pollution to obscure them, you're going to see more stars. I did read one of the other astronauts (which one I can't remember, and I don't have the book to hand to check) who said that, while on the lunar surface, you couldn't see the stars while the tinted outer visor on the spacesuit was down, but he did step into the shadow of the lander and lift the outer visor for a brief view of the stars.

Posted by MPG July 17, 09 04:42 AM

It is astonishing that there is not one mention of the fact that the Apollo 11 Moon Mission was an engineering achievement, as indeed are all Spacecraft Launches. How can we draw young talent into the engineering profession if Engineers do not get credit for their achievements? It should also be noted that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and indeed all twelve Astronauts who landed on the Moon were Engineers.
Fintan Lynch.

Posted by Fintan Lynch July 17, 09 06:20 AM

Fabulous pictures, what a feat of innovation and imagination.
"We Came in Peace For All Mankind"- Yeah, I get a bit teary. The idealism of it, that this triumph wasn't just for America, it was for humanity. Just electrifying.
Still, makes me intensely proud of America, a shining moment.

Posted by Pipistrello July 17, 09 08:07 AM

Zoom in on the famous visor shot of Buzz,and you'll also see earth in the lunar sky! pity they don't include phot AS11-40-5886,which shows Neil during the EVA.And I heard from Neil himself-speaking in Dublin,Nov.2003,that ''2001'' to him was the only realistic space movie ..

Posted by Derek July 17, 09 08:48 AM

I had the pleasure today of quashing a few Apollo deniers reciting the tired old claim of it all being staged in a Hollywood studio for whatever bazaar reason they can come up with. Normally I don't give these dimwits the time of of day but I took special delight today.

Great photos and well done.

Posted by Bryan July 17, 09 09:26 AM

I was one of the 60+ programmers working at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, during the Apolla area.

Posted by Keith D. Laube July 17, 09 10:19 AM

My husband was new at NASA, and we lived just behind the Aldrin's home in Nassau Bay Texas. It was the most exciting time for everyone connected with NASA in any way. The astronauts were heroes and given lots of well-deserved publicity and reached celebrity status. The engineering behind the mission was unbelievable.
A Mars mission seems almost impossible; but then, so did going to the moon!
Let's support them. We need to get that old enthusiasm back! We also need for people to learn more about the unmanned robotic action taking place on Mars and the wonderful photography they are doing in Space! It is truly exciting when you learn what fantastic things they are accomplishing right now.

Posted by Lil July 17, 09 10:28 AM

These heroes gaved us a fantastic gift, but we did not know what to do with it.
Ces héros nous ont donnés un cadeau merveilleux, mais nous ne savions pas quoi en faire... and "The big picture" represent for me the future in newspapers. Thank you!

Posted by François Kirouac July 17, 09 10:51 AM

This is where Michael Jackson's ashes should be sent to...

Posted by Ariane July 17, 09 10:57 AM

Cool red Philmont jacket on Buzz in photo # 5. And what about the 1956 Presidential Chrysler Imperial Convertible in the final parade photo? Wow!!

These photos are great! I remember sitting up all night (as a 9 year old) watching Armstrong and Aldrin make hisotry on July 20, 1969.

Posted by Mark July 17, 09 11:41 AM

Great pictures. To me a Saturn V at work(photo 13) is the greatest sight in human history. I recommend surfing on YouTube to see close-up, high-speed films of the Apollo launches.

Posted by Chris July 17, 09 12:34 PM

I was way up in the woods at summer camp; 8 years old. We had a small radio in the mess hall, and that 10 minutes was the only time you could ever hear yourself think in that hall.
Needle-dropping silence until "the eagle has landed" and then we yelled so loud, that the astronauts could hear us. I remember it very well. We can do amazing things once and a while.

Posted by Todd July 17, 09 12:50 PM

That was such a time of hope! I remember watching the moonwalk on our Black and White TV. It was amazing!

Posted by Nancy July 17, 09 01:15 PM

I was so breathless when I saw these pictures again..I remember the day as if it were yesterday and not some 40 years ago..I am so so happy I got to see these pictures when I came on here tonite...What a wonderful Achievement to have left for all of us to see and remember for our life time..God Bless America ...and all these brave men..Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin jr, & Michael Collins and all the Engineers behind this Mission to the Moon ..a lifetime of memories they have given us for today and always..
Posted by Philomena Wilkinson Perth W estern Australia18th july 2009

Posted by Philomena Wilkinson July 17, 09 01:17 PM

I remember watching the walk on a portable TV on our backyard patio with my Dad and best friend Skip. Lotta stuff for my eight-year-old mind to take in at the time ... but I did ask for a Mattel Major Matt Mason set for Christmas that year and got it!

Posted by Drew July 17, 09 01:42 PM

I remember that most exciting moment when the LEM set down on the lunar surface and immediately hearing the words "Cycle the Parker Valve" referring to a product designed, manufactured and supplied by the company I worked for. This along with some twelve other control products made each Apollo mission exhilarating times for all of us at the Aerospace Group of Parker Hannifin Corporation.
These pictures are an incredible keepsake...

Posted by Chuck Chisholm July 17, 09 02:28 PM

Heroic times. When men were men.

Posted by Marcos July 17, 09 02:51 PM

I was 12. It was a hot evening in New England and we watched it on a color tv given to us inoperable, repaired by my brother. I remember sitting on the floor, never taking my eyes off the screen. That was some evening. This event drastically influenced my decision to become an astronautical engineer, and I now do various orbit analyses for work, hoping some day we do return to the moon. Mars or bust!

Posted by Denis Durand July 17, 09 03:20 PM

I look at the picture of the lander's pad, and I see a blast crater. One can see that the dust that had not already been blasted away prior to touchdown is still collected under the pad due to the weight of the LM, and it looks to be more than an inch thick. The area around it has been scoured nearly clean with small dust dunes near the pad, showing the flow lines from the descent engine blast.
At touchdown, the descent tanks were nearly dry and the LM was very light and in 1/6 G it doesn't take much thrust to hover or descend slowly. So the crater was only a few inches thick, down to bedrock.

Posted by giant240 July 17, 09 04:16 PM

I did shcool and had to a report on neil armstrong I had so much fun

Posted by carley July 17, 09 04:45 PM

Love the pics, love the era, but it's all in the past.
There's no bigger fan of the space program than I, but sending man to Mars or even back to the moon makes no sense at all, except to give those that need it a good huggy feeling. Even the space station is a stretch. The cost of including a human on our orbital and beyond missions is too much and not needed.
I hate to finally admit this.

Posted by FL420 July 17, 09 04:54 PM

Honourable for you honey!

Posted by Notopemiprate July 17, 09 05:47 PM

This is the reason why I love America and it's people (i'm Dutch)

Posted by Jip July 17, 09 06:47 PM

These photos are beautiful. I had taken LSD and was riding in a TR3 top down on a winding Texas Hill Country road. We were listening to radio coverage and everything was A-OK. I recall laughing when Neil Armstrong stumbled verbally delivering his well-rehearsed once in a lifetime comment. He knew there was no second chance. It was later edited out for the many replays.

This space flight was a childhood dream come true for me, and to be hearing men talking in real time on the moon while riding in a automobile was something even beyond the imaginings of Jules Verne.

Posted by Oris July 17, 09 07:01 PM

I remember the dramatic lift-off and the landing of Appolo 11. My hometown of Jackson, Tennessee celebrated - as did the entire country - this breathtakingly successful that will live in the memory of humankind as long as planet earth exists..
My humble thanks to all who are part of the Space Program. With each successful launch - followed by the successfully completed space mission, I get goosebumps from the thrill of such extraordinary work by the many involved.
Today, July 17, 2009, was no different as I watched the latest space ship dock with the Internationa Space Station ~ increasing the number of people on board to 13 - the most ever at one time to inhabit the ISS. Thank you - every one who has a part in such a successful program.....and may God bless you, your work and your families.

Posted by S. Hillhouse July 17, 09 07:37 PM

It's so good to see all the landing-deniers getting shot down in flames here by truly knowledgeable people. What is it in people that they seek to denigrate or destroy the good work done by others?

I was a ten-year-old paperboy who had followed the space program since I was FOUR. I recorded hours of CBS TV coverage on my Sony Compact Cassette tape recorder with alligator clips hooked to the speaker wires of our old black and white console TV. (I didn't feel so jealous when Armstrong came down the ladder -- at that point EVERYONE had black and white TV!)

Posted by bimplebean July 17, 09 07:48 PM

My mother added her comment (#214) from Perth, Australia yesterday. I was her 12 year old son at the time taking a self-declared holiday off from school so I could be home glued to the television all day uninterrupted. (We were 1/2 day or so ahead in Perth watching the giant leap near high noon.) It was the high point of scientific and technological achievement . Let's hope we can see a rebirth of that can-do spirit to conquer the great challenges that face our planet today!

Posted by Mark Arratoon July 17, 09 09:03 PM

Great pictures from the time that America was still a great and thrving nation.

Posted by king July 17, 09 09:07 PM

Such amazing and dramatic photos, so much better than I watched on tv that night. The first moon landing always makes me think of the best episode of The Wonder Years, when Kevin went into the kitchen to call a girl in his 7th grade class while his family sat watching the great step for mankind. His brother teased him about it. I also loved visiting the Armstong museum in Wapakoneta, OH, where they used to display the most fantastic group of keys to cities that were given to Neil Armstong.

Posted by Dick Pasky July 17, 09 10:01 PM

I was 16 years old and my family was camping. In the campground there was a family with a camper and a small TV. They put it outside and just about the whole campground was gathered around the camper. It was so cool to look up at the moon and think that a man was actually on the surface. It seems like yesterday. What a wonderful accomplishment.

Posted by Chris July 17, 09 10:09 PM

#49: Since the sun angle relative to the surface, the reflectivity (albedo) of lunar soil, and the properties of the camera, lens, and filter were all known, the experts were able to calculate (and, indeed, test!) aperture and shutter settings on Earth (the lens was chosen so they could just set it at infinity and have everything more than a foot or two from the lens stay in focus--considering the camera was on a chest pack, that wasn't an issue!). Basically, the crew were given their shutter and aperture settings before the start of the EVA, checked them after they were outside, and left them alone for the full EVA.

Yes, there were a lot of terrible (over/underexposed) photos as a result. It's just that they generally only reproduce the good shots instead of the flubbed ones.

Posted by Richard D. Fox July 17, 09 10:21 PM

Bimplebean the compact cassettte hadent even been invented in 1969

Posted by ibpilot July 18, 09 12:09 AM

I am too young to experience the true emotions. But I want to give a contibution to the respect for the courage of Michael, Buzz, and Neil, and how persevere they had to be, to accomplish this high goal and mission for all mankind.
In memorian, I also give my respect to Wernher Von Braun. He should be listened to for his philosophy about what a rocket missile is for the future. The Saturn 5 Rocket was the best controlled rocket, ever built, since then! Solid Rocket Boosters, as used at the Space Shuttle, are, IMHO, not appropriate for future space missions whatsoever!

Posted by Erwin van Grimbergen July 18, 09 12:46 AM

Easwara sarvabhoothaanaam...
Lord in all living beings
As such human can do anything with his hard efforts.
very good efforts from USA
Narasimha rao from india

Posted by narasimharao July 18, 09 01:06 AM

Thanks Big Picture. This story and very memorable photos of the Apollo 11 journey to the moon serves to illustrate that when people say the government has never EVER done anything right, they are flat wrong.

Just as Columbus proved the Earth wasn't flat, a fledgling NASA, composed of thousands of civilian and contractor engineers, scientists, clerks and janitors - proved that when called to a higher purpose we humans could indeed become explorers of the great unknown again , setting our sights on the stars, and accomplish great things for 'all mankind'.

Posted by Vince Golubic July 18, 09 03:15 AM

Michael Collins must be frustrated. The world only talks about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. How unfair.

Of course it's also unfair to forget about the thousands of ground personnel and scientists who made this happen.

Posted by Hanna Meyer July 18, 09 04:37 AM

I love all the conspiracy theory fools. I'm sorry, but no group of people could ever keep a secret this big for this long. Someone would have spilled. Quit wasting your time. Isn't there something more important you could be doing instead?
The pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

Posted by David Fitzgerald July 18, 09 05:04 AM

I remember indeed, I was lying on the floor, on a red carpet in our living room, watching the then black&white "His Master's Voice" TV set, there were only 2 channels in France at that time, I remember my parents were amazed, well actually only my father was, my mother never get amazed by anything really... this hasn't changed since, my sister was just born, few months ago, she's a mother of 3 by now, and I do remember my thoughts very clearly: me too, when I will be a grown up, I'll go walk on the moon. Those Americans started then to intrigue me. They seemed present frequently but far away at the same time. As far as the moon itself actually. We were talking about them often at home, but I never got to see any of them! I did see Germans from time to time as we were not far from the "border". I knew already one German doctor saved my life when I had my accident in August 65, but Americans... never saw one! They must be really living far away? I was hearing they had recently left this military camp, at the big tower "Wintersberg", my father showed me the foundations of their buildings. There was as well this friend of my father, with his big moustaches, I forgot his name but he was riding this big American bike: Harley Davidson, the one from the song. This big loud motorbike was more amazing to me than walking on the moon, for sure... Oh! and there was Walt Disney! the kindest black&white face of a grown up then, presenting his cartoons, just for me, every Thursday! This was with no doubt, the best thing coming from the Americans! Nothing could have been compared to Walt Disney, not any walk on the moon ! These, were the thoughts of a 6 year old French boy in July 69...

Posted by Richard Gaulier July 18, 09 06:07 AM

I was working then in Sunday nights in an a local sports newspaper as printing corrector (I was just 20 then) here in Spain
The Redactor´s staff had a tiny TV set and we surrounded it and stared silently as the rough images that were acompanied of blips and aTV reporter voice arrived slowly.
We usually let the offices too tired and go to bed at once.
This day,we were unable to sleep.
We spent all Monday commenting the images,reading newspapers and watching TV...

Posted by Antonio Fernandez July 18, 09 06:17 AM

143.In the "Visor" photo, Aldrin's shadow directs at the front of him, thou on his reflection it goes back. Pretty optically impossible, isn't it?
Posted by Felipe Méndez July 16, 09 12:36 PM

Felipe... If you'll look at the photo again, you'll see that both shadows are directed to the side, not the front or back. It's actually kind of hard to figure out which shadow belongs to which person or thing, but that one is pretty straight-forward.

I agree that for that moment, the entire world set aside what they were doing and focused on the moon. Nearly everyone who was alive and conscious at that moment remembers where they were and what they were doing when it happened. How many events during our lifetimes remain that vivid 40 years later? Not many...

Posted by The Star Thrower July 18, 09 06:40 AM

This was a begining of an exploration for the whole MANKIND or lets say EARTH !
it was the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom !
Salute to the Great Torch Bearer and those thousands of brain childs who provided the fuel to that TORCH !!

Posted by Nitin Shende,PMP(R) July 18, 09 08:21 AM

Mars here we come !!!!

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Posted by shaan July 18, 09 11:18 AM

I had to sneak downstairs as a nine year old (it was late on Long Island) and bedtime was the law but my dad knew some things were more important than '60s strictness and let me watch. I am now a mechanical engineer. Please look closely at these photos at each and every visible part that was designed and then added to the collection of parts, along with the determination, courage and skills of the people involved.
Never forget we can do it again, if we collectively desire, to make a better earth landing.

Posted by richard Rosenthal July 18, 09 11:44 AM

Apollo 11 was a proud moment for the U.S. aerospace industry and every nickle spent came back in new industries for advanced products and thousands of new jobs. I was privileged to know Captain Mike Collins in the F-105 program, prior to his selection for the USAF Test Pilot School and the Astronaut program, first with the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory, then by NASA for Gemini and Apollo. The
F-105 people in his training squadron at Nellis AFB were thrilled by his selection.
I was later privileged to meet Neil Armstrong at my Uncle Marion Lappin's WWI 20th Aero Squadron reunion at Dayton, OH. On July 9th, at our AFA Iron Gate Chapter luncheon at the 21 Club here in New York City, we included in our toast, the 24 who gave their lives in the Astronaut Program, including those of Apollo I, Challenger and Columbia. Our luncheon speaker was Colonel Tom Henricks (Ret), veteran of four Space Shuttle missions, two as Pilot and two as Mission Commaner, the only Pilot with one-thousand hours logged in the Space Shuttle.

Posted by Frank T. Hayes July 18, 09 12:07 PM

The photos are very beautiful and I liked them very much because I love space related topics. I am very happy to see the photos of Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin which were taken 32 years before I was born.

Posted by Suhas July 18, 09 12:11 PM

It does my heart good to see so many positive postings from people other than Americans. There has been so much media attention given to anti-US feelings recently that I was beginning to believe the world had completely forgotten all the good the US has accomplished and shared with peoples of all races, creeds, religions, and nations. Thank you all.

As to those whining about the use of "man" and "mankind" I feel so sorry for you. You have been totally brainwashed into thinking you are left out because of your genes. Most people are raised to believe that "man" and "mankind" includes all humans, regardless of gender. You need to open your minds, or you will forever be finding something to complain about and lead most miserable lives.

Posted by Pete July 18, 09 12:31 PM

2 Wanda Lee (#141)

"It's one small step for...uhhh... a "person"! One giant leap for...for...uhhh... Well damn well ALL of us people, eh?!"

(Sound less offensive?)

Posted by Jim July 18, 09 01:17 PM

What a magnificent anniversary! And to think that we have today, another instance unfolding as we speak (ok, read), with Dave Wolf and Tim Kopra going outside on a "spacewalk" to prepare to install another of the last few pieces of the International Space Station (ISS). Check it out at: shuttle, then click "watch NASA TV".

Posted by Texas Tom July 18, 09 01:24 PM

This brings back memories. In the 1960's I was Supervisor of the Nondestructive Testing Engineering Section, The Budd Co., Instruments Div., Phoenixville, PA. Under supervision of John Allen, Chief Engineer we provided Nondestructive testing support to the Apollo project.. Our North Hollywood, CA plant (Lee Furon Mgr.) developed the large ultrasonic testing systems that North American (Prime Contractor) used to inspect the Apollo Command Module and the LEM for integrity of bonding of the internal and external skin to the honeycomb body of these structures. At the Phoenixville plant I developed an electromagnetic wave probe that was provided to AVCO to measure the thickness of the re-entry heat shield they manufactured to assure it was sufficiently thick to provide protection on reentry as well as not being too thick to cause a weight penalty on lift-off.

Posted by Roy A. Nance July 18, 09 01:34 PM

I was living in Germany with my husband who was serving in the Army at the time. I just remember being so proud to be an American that I wanted to go all over Germany shouting "I'm American" and I'm still proud!
Happy Anniversary Apollo 11!

Posted by P. Biddle July 18, 09 01:56 PM

The new NASA Lunar orbiter has just taken some pictures of the Apollo landing sites...

Posted by Jsl July 18, 09 01:56 PM

What a day it was for me, returned from Vietnam earlier in the month, watching it live in Biloxi, Mississippi and I was on my way to my new assignment in San Francisco. I will never forget that day' 1969 was the Best year of my life. Got married in Australia, returned to the States in one piece and became an american citizen and I could watch the first man on the moon.

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Posted by Rudolf Huther July 18, 09 02:25 PM

For anyone wanting to know about the flag that was placed on the moon: It was designed to be held open by horizontal rod placed in a hem across the top of the flag. A detailed discussion of the "Political and Technical Aspects of Placing a Flag on the Moon" was written by Anne M. Platoff of Hernandez Engineering Inc. in Houston, Texas in 1993. You can read about it and see photographs and engineering sketchs from Jack Kinzler, the designer, at:

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Posted by mahesh July 18, 09 02:51 PM

Fantastic ! The pictures are definitely "Keepers".
By the way who was assigned to "Ferry" the vehicle to the Cape !?!?!?!?!?!

Posted by Phil Rogers July 18, 09 04:01 PM

How come the Flag is waving on the moon?? Is this possible??

Posted by John Piseski July 18, 09 04:55 PM

These are beautiful pictures. I was a college senior with one semester left. I watched it on B&W TV (my parents weren't convinced that color TV was worth it yet) and amazingly, I was working for NASA during the summer which made it all the more heartfelt for me. I grew up with the space race against the Russians and the wonder of science and technology permeated the country. I feel like much of that is lost now, I hope we can get it back. Thanks for the wonderful memories and thanks to all the people posting their memories here.

Posted by Ron Lashley July 18, 09 05:02 PM

Amazing and beautiful !!!


Posted by Piotr, Warsaw, Poland July 18, 09 05:23 PM

Excelente trabajo! Algunas fotografías me emocionaron. Recuerdo haber visto la transmición televisada en 1969.
Felicitaciones por presentar estas fotos tan buenas

Posted by Graciela July 18, 09 05:28 PM

The flag waving on the moon is easy people. It's shaking.
Go take a pole and tie come cloth to it and shake it.
See what happens?

Posted by Bob July 18, 09 05:59 PM

Tom, the flag was held out by a simple aluminum rod that pivoted from the top of the main pole. From the footage taken from inside the LEM as it lifted off from the surface, I suspect the whole thing may have been blown over by the rocket exhaust. Anyone know for sure?

I was a private in the Army, just arrived at my new duty station at Letterman Hospital in San Francisco & watched the 1st step from a TV in one of the lobbies there. Still get goosebumps!

Posted by Marshall McKinney July 18, 09 06:01 PM

¿It's true that they begin the flight with the song "Bring me flying to the Moon" by Frank Sinatra?
Thanks for the amazing photos, and specially thanks these men...

Posted by Altayr July 18, 09 06:21 PM

Great pictures, on a great day. Gladly they have a lot off movie's and pictures. It's a great summer that year. My memory off the first moon landing is not great, cause i was born on july the 16 1969.

Posted by Edwin van der loon July 18, 09 07:41 PM

These photos are only slightly less incredible than the men who made them possible. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Snuff D. Rooster July 18, 09 08:04 PM

I was between my junior & senior years in high school,& since it was summer time,our family drove from Lakeland to Cocoa Beach to see the lift off from the front lines.Having tried several other times & being disappointed with cancelled flights,we passed hundreds of others along the area roads to find a place at lift-off point near "the big time clock" in hopes of seeing the launch this time.To our great excitement,Apollo 11 put on a never to be forgotten show w/a beautiful ascent as we breathed continued prayers for our astronauts soaring to the moon and back.

Posted by Rachel July 18, 09 08:50 PM

Thanks for Sharing wonderful Time ! Love the photos and so did my daughter!

Posted by July 18, 09 09:05 PM

I remember well that day in history...I was 14 y.o and working on my parents dairy farm.we didnt milk the cows till late that day so we could watch the landing...
we were so amazed by it all..thanks you for those great photo's..

Posted by Phil from Australia July 18, 09 10:55 PM

The photos are fantastic ,Mr.Parrikar.Thanks for sending them.Datta Naik

Posted by DEatta S.Naik July 19, 09 01:20 AM

#232 @ibpilot: WRONG about audio cassettes.. We had them in 1969. I graduated high school that year, and was off to college with a Panasonic combination radio/compact cassette recorder, precursor to boomboxes.

@all the naysayers and conspiracy nutz: Yow. You folks really need to blow some fresh oxygen thru your mental/spiritual tubes, clean things out, let your minds clear and hearts soar. Free advice: being a cranky idiot makes for a very unhappy life.

Thanks to the Big Picture for retriggering happy memories of this remarkable human achievment.

Posted by Stanley Krute July 19, 09 05:24 AM

I had just sustained a severe ankle sprain playing baseball the day before the moon landing. As I layed on the couch (foot iced and elevated) hearing Neil Armstrong's famous words, "That's one small step for mankind,..." I could only comment, "That's easy for you to say."

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Posted by RAM July 19, 09 11:07 AM

strange photos, can anyone explain why in photo 26 the astronaut's shadow is at a different angle than the shadows from the rocks around him....

and of course, how come in photo 28 the sun is behind the astronaut and yet he is perfectly bright as if they had a flash on the camera, but you clearly see on his helmet's reflection that there was no flash! you see this in almost every photo and this makes no sense.

the only way to achive this is to use long exposures and high ISO's but as some peoplere stated, they had to use quick exposures and that's why we can;t see stars.

so how using a quick exposure you get photos like this

Posted by Ronen July 19, 09 11:32 AM

I was pregnant with my first son and watched the space walk at my in-law's house. Now my son is almost 40-it seems like yesterday! It was so amazing. Loved the pictures-they are magnificent!

Posted by Kelly July 19, 09 12:33 PM

I just visited the Neil Armstrong Space Musuem in Ohio the other day. It seems like we've come so far, yet have SO much of our universe to explore. Amazing photos.

Posted by Meg July 19, 09 01:09 PM

My parents were at the Cape watching the launch while I stayed home in Illinois to watch my brothers and sisters. I was so jealous that they were there and I was not. The Apollo program demonstrated all that was good about America. We need another event like it to rally our country once again.

Posted by Shearon July 19, 09 02:13 PM

I'm not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but:

That website is replaying the mission as it happened 40 years ago. Every bit of radio communication that occurred 40 years ago is being played back in real time, as it happened 40 years ago. There are also diagrams and plots and maps and such.

Right now, Neil Armstrong's talking about the 1st approach (approaching the moon) towards their landing site, and how the surveillance imagery did (or does) a good job in accurately portraying it.

This is absolutely phenomenal. My grandpa was an engineer at NASA Ames when this was going on. I'm blown away! OMG!

Posted by Coby Hutzler July 19, 09 02:21 PM

me and my husband was married on july 19th, 1969. on the 20th when they landed on the moon, thats all we watched and talked about. today we celebrate our 40th anniversary and the remembrance of the moon landing.

Posted by vicki and greg hensley July 19, 09 02:36 PM

its so cool

Posted by Bethany July 19, 09 02:40 PM

#275 these issues with the photos have been answered many times but in brief:

Photo 26 - there is no reasonable expectation that the shadows should all be in the same direction unless the ground is perfectly flat and both rock and astronaut are standing at the same angle.

Photo 28 - there is a considerable amount of reflected light off the surface of the moon. Further if you compare the brightness of the astronaut reflected in the visor to that of the astronaut pictured it is quite clear he is much brighter. In fact I would go as far as saying the reflected astronaut is overexposed.

Posted by bored of explaining it again July 19, 09 03:01 PM

when i think of united states these are the images that come to mind first and foremost. a proud moment for everyone on this little planet. warm greetings from chile.

Posted by bruno July 19, 09 03:25 PM

I was sitting at a console at Goddard Spaceflight Center nervous and excited at the same time. When the green light on the console came on indicating surface contact I let out a yell. It was about 30 seconds later when Neil made his famous announcement fo the successful landing. We were all cheering.

Posted by fred July 19, 09 04:48 PM

I have seen picture 28 a hundred times (reflection in the visor shot). One thing I had never noticed is that they were wearing a watch on the outside of the space suit. Amazing. Does anybody know what kind of watch "Buzz" was wearing?

Amazing photo's all around

Posted by Brandon July 19, 09 06:02 PM

@235: Scientists have known that the Earth isn't round since around 200BC. The diameter was measured using shadows and math. Quite accurate too. Columbus was looking for a quicker route to India to buy spices so he could make money.

Posted by pilotlars July 19, 09 06:28 PM

Great historical Photos! These shots reflect the efforts that have helped to make our Nation great!

Posted by Col. B.M. Mac Laren USMC (Ret.) July 19, 09 07:06 PM

Wonderful photos!!!

Posted by Billy July 19, 09 07:23 PM

One of the best e-mails I have received

Posted by Cathy July 19, 09 08:43 PM

This makes me so incredibly proud to be an American.
God bless my country, America and the men who paved the road for the rest of history.

Posted by Kimma July 19, 09 08:57 PM

It was a great achievement, but I question that the knowledge gained was equal to the cost of our space program. I would rather our government spend less on space exploration and be more concerned with problems on earth. How much greater good would have been accomplished spreading God's Word to those here on earth. We take God, His Word, and prayer out of our schools and government, and believe science and technology can fill the void in the human heart. Just how "smart" are the leaders of our country?

Posted by Joe Rhymes July 19, 09 11:17 PM

Nice Pics..........

Posted by Anonymous July 20, 09 12:17 AM

with energy and resource shortages looming on the horizon, we need to take that one step before we won't be able to do it anymore - right now we still have the energy, resources and commitment it takes to go there again.

And once there we never should let go again - it's a blessing that we have that giant space station up there, at 360000km distance, we only have to use it.

Posted by Michael July 20, 09 12:35 AM

For #285 That's an Omega Speedmaster,the only watch to go to the moon.

Posted by Jim July 20, 09 12:40 AM

#285: He was wearing an Omega Speedmaster. It was the watch of choice for NASA at that time. It was standard issue starting in 1964.

Posted by Bruce Zimmerman July 20, 09 02:04 AM

I was on the USS Hornet recovery ship listening and preparing to recover these courageous men along with 3000 other Navy sailors. What a proud moment for all Americans and for all mankind. Fantastic, moving , exciting photos that bring all of us back to this unmatched accomplishment. A remarkable, positive event that forty years later still brings us all a little closer.

Posted by Roger Parolini July 20, 09 03:49 AM

This is really golden pictures... Especially for the current generation.
I felt like i'm in moon when i was viewing the photos. Great photos!
Man kind is great, these photos has proved it in 1969 itself.

Posted by Bhargav Kesavan, INDIA July 20, 09 05:09 AM

Man can never transplant itself to another planet. Pure physics, although facilitating scientific advancements to bounce off the moon; can never magically abate the limitations of energy required, temperature adjustments, nor even an attempt at engineered trans-terrestrial evolution. Any money proposed for a Mars human expedition could probably feed every starving child on Earth, and provide Universal Health care everywhere. The illusion that we can jump from space rock to space rock, before a dying planet succumbs to global warming, the threat of nuclear destruction or earth's inevitable fall into the Sun, distract us from our responsibility to World Peace, in the time we are allotted.

Posted by Juan Vargas July 20, 09 05:48 AM

Beautiful, beautiful pictures, thank you very much!

Posted by wd-40 July 20, 09 06:23 AM

We have no televesion at that time when I was 6 but Armstrong, Colin and Aldrin became popular in my mind. I remember when I was a kid, I love to drawi Astronauts with their space shuttle, drawn with crayon at my mother newly painted wall. Until now, the 3 great men are remembered.

Posted by julian lim July 20, 09 06:37 AM

When this happened I was in Cardiff and I had just become engaged and that was a fantastic day to see these men on the age was 21 years old.

Posted by Jennie Repath July 20, 09 07:02 AM

I'm almost surprised they didn't bump into Alice Kramden up there.

Posted by mhentz July 20, 09 07:54 AM

I really love all the photos, they are amazing!

Posted by Mercelisa Digo-Gloria July 20, 09 07:57 AM

President Nixon did a great job capturing the rightful pride of our nation. (And he did not need a teleprompter to deliver his remarks.)

Posted by Glen July 20, 09 09:03 AM

Listening to the Apollo 11 coverage, I was sickened to hear Meredith Vieira's insensitive comment: "How depressing... I was alive 40 years ago." What an insult to all of us who embrace getting older, especially those of us who have survived illnesses, such as cancer. Her coverage of celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett dying at early ages should make her a bit more perceptive.

Posted by Gloria Coppola July 20, 09 09:17 AM

I was in college after returning from Vietnam in the U.S. Army, just returned to my apartment from my part time evening job when the first TV from the moon was on. This was America's last great achievement before the Great Society began to take over, and the country began its conversion from a nation of accomplishment to a nation of social programs.

BTW, for a fascinating and entertaining alternate view of the Apollo 11 mission, check out the Australian film "The Dish", loosely based on events and town where the TV transmissions from the moon were received.

Posted by Willam B. July 20, 09 09:40 AM

I was only eight years old we (Americans) landed on the moon. I was sitting in front of a black and white t.v. watching the moon landing. Little did I know that my Dad (Gene Kranz) was in Mission Control leading the Flight Control Team during that historical moment. To this day, my eyes still fill with tears of pride and joy at the amazing accomplishment thousands and thousands of people across the globe made to get Neil and Buzz safely to the moon and then safely back home.
Joan Kranz

Posted by Joan F. Kranz July 20, 09 11:01 AM

This was an unprecedented accomplishment in human history that was made by men who prized scientific achievement above politics. I don't know how any future technological advance or discovery will ever be able to match in our collective imaginations that moment in 1969 when we conquered our world and outer space!

Posted by Jay July 20, 09 11:19 AM

As a 16 year old teenager, I was keenly aware of the implications of the voyage to the moon by the Apollo 11 crew. As a younger child, I had been aware of the competition between the USSR and the USA in the space race. Seemingly our program was trumped by the Soviet space program at every turn in the early days. Wise decisions made by officials with NASA emphasizing a slower but steady approach finally led to the prize of the first nation to attain the goal of landing men on the moon. I hope that someday all nations of the world will cooperate to land men on Mars.

Posted by Mike Rutherford July 20, 09 12:45 PM

does anyone know how they photographed neil armstrong stepping onto the moon? or did they even have a photo of that actual moment?

Posted by jimmarine July 20, 09 12:48 PM

Thanks for posting these as they brought back so much emotion.

They made me cry at my desk.

Posted by Terry Johnson July 20, 09 01:07 PM

Great! Loved every bit of it! I was 3yrs old sitting in front of our console TV on the floor at home in Louisiana.

Posted by Sean Gaspard July 20, 09 01:41 PM

So many memories. I just finished my junior year in high school in Portland, Maine and watched this unfold with my entire family. We gathered around the TV in our "pine-paneled" den (ouch, we truly had knotty pine.) I absolutely remember Walter Cronkite narrating the entire landing - seems like yesterday. I had an uncle who worked for NASA in Houston and worked with many of the Astronauts, so I always felt like I had an "in" with the space program. I have a medal that was taken to the moon (on a later flight) for my uncle, it was such a big deal then, I'm sure no one would give a hoot now. Thanks for publishing these photos, the memories are priceless, they made my day!

Posted by Deborah in Chicago July 20, 09 01:43 PM

RE #258: How come the Flag is waving on the moon?? Is this possible??

The image is not animated! There is no 'waving' without animation! Since there is no motion or animation, why do you think it is waving?

The material is cloth, so you can move it around on the moon. If you stretch cloth, it moves a bit. If you curl it and leave it there, the flag does not move. They could not get the flag pole into the hard rock, so it is just 'standing there' like you see it. When the lander took off back to the Rendezvous vehicle, the force of the blast knocked the stick over.

There is no air on the moon, so when they walked around, the dust would spray up, hover for a second, and slowly fall back down. All of this info is talked about, GOOGLE IT. There is no excuse for this type of ignorance, but I feed trolls.

Posted by Mythbuster July 20, 09 02:11 PM

What brilliant photos. They bring back the excitement of the televised event, and a reminder also of the fear I felt that something might go wrong. I remember my heart pounding with mixed emotions, praying for their safety and success. My 8 year old son was allowed to stay up all night to enjoy the event with me because he was space mad (and as a bonus was allowed off school the next day) and now that he is 48 he still feels the thrill of that time as though it was yesterday. What an amazing achievement for the USA. I feel proud for them. Congratulations !

Posted by Pamela Miles July 20, 09 02:13 PM

Looking at these images of Apollo 11 mission it has brought back some very nice memories of a time when there were a feeling of freedom and that mankind could do anything!

Posted by John Dee July 20, 09 03:05 PM

In reply to comment 275:
In photo 26 the shadow from the rock just to the left of the astronaut is nearly parallel to the astronaut's shadow. Hold a piece of paper up to it just below the rock shadow. A shadow differences can be due to ground curvature and a little lens distortion.

In photo 28, it is clear that the astronaut in backlighted but why is he not black? The reason is there is reflected light from the lunar module and Neil Armstrong taking the photo.

Posted by Ron Lashley July 20, 09 03:30 PM

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Posted by Anonymous July 20, 09 03:36 PM

and a month later... Woodstock! ahh those were the days huh

Posted by eddie Rickenbacker July 20, 09 03:52 PM

I was near Hue, South Vietnam, beginning my second Seabee deployment at the time, and only had sporadic radio and (late) newspapers to learn about the landing. My wife of three months was in Port Hueneme, CA watching it on television. It was an eventful year for us (joys and tragedies), so 1969 will always be special.

A great event for the human race and one that I hope will be repeated in the future. Much good can come from such scientific exploration.

Posted by Bill C. July 20, 09 04:11 PM

What Man can achieve when he puts his mind to it is truly amazing.......this is a wonderful example of the good that can be done......much too often we focus on the evil horrors man accomplishes. We need more positive goals to reach for.....Mars and the stars, as well as improving life here on Earth. Treading water will never get us anywhere. Onward and upward. If you think of where technology was 40 years BEFORE Apollo 11, it is almost embarrassing we've only come to the point of having 13 men in a space station at the same time 40 years AFTER we walked on the moon. Seems like we should have done so much more. The achievements from pressing forward will push the rest of the advancements for humanity to even greater hieghts.....if we let them, God willing.

Posted by Richard July 20, 09 04:21 PM

"Great pictures from the time that America was still a great and thrving nation"

You conveniently forgot that America was mired in the Vietnam war at the time and was being ripped apart with war protests and racial issues.

On this website there are always those that take any story and suck the joy out of it and remind how much America sucks. Good thing America wasn't founded by people like these whiners.

Posted by Anonymous July 20, 09 04:33 PM

Me parece una gran azaña que el hombre haya realizado, cunado niño los vi y queria ser un astronauta, lamentablemente en mi pais Bolivia no tuve oprtunidad, estudie fisica hasta un cierto nivel , mi gran deseo es poder conocer por lo menos las nasa antes de morir


Posted by Omar Antezana Roman July 20, 09 04:37 PM

Monumental waste of time money and energy. Yeah I loved it as a boy, know exactly where I was etc blah blah blah. Fact is, it was a military project hidden in a grand goal that amounted to about nothing, even down to the insignificant, tiny moon rock specimens sent around to schools. Armstrong is delusional now, his yak on C-Span showed he's not learned much in 40 years.

And now they try to foist another useless space goal - Mars, on us. The stupidity in this country just continues to amaze.

Posted by CK July 20, 09 04:44 PM

We're talking 'real' heroes here.

Posted by Theodore Eugene Dunmire July 20, 09 04:47 PM

In a glass display case sits my museum quality miniture replica on the LEM given to me my mother. Both my dad and I worked with , or for NASA. The lunar landing remains one of mankind's greatest achievements. I recall watching the TV coverage for hours while in the Air Force, stationed in the Washington, DC area. I still have the black and white images I took of the TV pictures as we watched, transfixed at history unfolding, live. Would todays Facebook, You Tube Twittering young people be as awe struck as we were then?

Posted by RW Nichols July 20, 09 04:48 PM

I believe that this nation should commit itself to the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth."

I remember the speech he made, and the infinite challenge that every one thought it was. We were indomitable then. We had faced the challenge of a world turned upside down in his, and my parents generation, and had come through it triumphant. Those who say we should not try again, that there is too much to do here and now, forget that the same was true then. Poverty, war, hunger were with us then, and the very real threat of world annihilation on a scale that cannot be contemplated. Were nationalism, and world politic a driving force? Most assuredly so, But what must be remembered, what must be cherished, is that for one brief moment, an entire world looked up at the night sky as one, and said "We are there!". Mankind became the arbiter of its own remembrance. "We came in Peace for All Mankind" will be there for as long as we can look up at a rising moon.
Should we go back? Most emphatically yes. Until we commit ourselves to something greater then the narrow focus of our daily existence; until we can look to the challenge of new frontiers for ourselves and our children, and our children's children; until we can forge a new desire to step beyond ourselves and our world; Until then we will remain a nation lost in the quagmire of self doubt, self indulgence and vision that does not see past tomorrow.
We have determined that heroes should all have feet of clay, that seeking beyond ourselves as people, as a nation, as a world is a frivolity that we cannot afford. That commitment to a goal larger then ourselves, is an act of folly. That the "me" generation is the ultimate refutation of the sacrifices of the "Greatest Generation" who fought and died. Is this the lesson that we want today's children to absorb. It goes beyond the benefits of the technology that is developed for such an endeavor. It goes beyond the jobs that would be created to make it happen. Instead it strikes at the very core of what we as a people want to be. Are we to lay indolent, waiting for the inevitable decay and downfall of ourselves, our nation and our world; or to try and reach beyond our grasp. And in reaching, succeed, as was once done, for all mankind.

Posted by Gerry Hagopian July 20, 09 05:00 PM

#271 - great comment in 2nd paragraph. We all need to take your advice - well said.

It was a phenomenal day!!

Posted by Jeannette July 20, 09 05:11 PM

É uma sensação entanto em ver as fotos,mim imagine no lugar dos astronautas,sei que existe muitos mitos discordando de que o homem não foi a LUA, mas depois dessas maravilhosas fotos, fique até sem palavras...

Posted by Nilma Vieira ( Brasil) July 20, 09 05:44 PM

I wasn't going to comment here, as I was just enjoying the reproduction of all the great photos, but after reading some of the other comments, I just had to responds. I don't know why, since I doubt I can cure idiocy, but it just has to be said...

First off, I am glad to see a lot of positive comments, but I'm somewhat enraged to see a percentage of people using this thread to perpetrate their political/religious goals. This should be a celebration of one of the crowning achievements of mankind, not the ridiculous perpetration of silly ideas.

First off, to those who consider this entire event to be a farce, you obviously didn't even bother to watch the Mythbusters episode where they took all of the repudiations of the spaceflight and disproved them. Find that episode, engage your brain (instead of letting it slop into conspiracy-theory mode) and get your head out of the trough. Use your brain for something more constructive than bouncing stupid theories against the wall with no scientific evidence to back them up (I notice that most of the perpetrators of these theories do not have any special expertise in making them other than their opinions).

Second, for those who think that this was a big waste of time and taxpayer money, as a taxpayer, I don't agree. You can also look back 510 years...when a certain Queen Isabella gave taxpayer money to a sailer by the name of Christopher Columbus. I suppose his journey was also a waste of taxpayer cash as well, eh? I would certainly rather support space exploration than a lot of the stupid programs that we do waste money on. But, I don't notice them being mentioned in your rhetoric.

As a fellow Christian, I fail to see that doing space exploration fails the purposes of Jesus. Do you not recall the reading of Genesis (and resultant complaint by the atheists) on Apollo 8? They were moved by the beauty of space and creation, I don't see that exploration contradicts that.

Finally...thanks for posting this. I, too, watched the launch, landing and recovery of all the Apollo missions, and loved every minute of it. I remember seeing many of these photos in Life and Nat Geo...

Posted by J. Kohl July 20, 09 06:05 PM

To anyone who think Michael Collins feels cheated by fame, here is part of what he said in a recent NASA release:
"Heroes abound, and should be revered as such, but don't count astronauts among them. We work very hard; we did our jobs to near perfection, but that was what we had hired on to do. In no way did we meet the criterion of the Congressional Medal of Honor: 'above and beyond the call of duty.'"

Celebrities? What nonsense, what an empty concept for a person to be, as my friend the great historian Daniel Boorstin put it, "known for his well-known-ness." How many live-ins, how many trips to rehab, maybe--wow--you could even get arrested and then you would really be noticed. Don't get me started."

Posted by Weary July 20, 09 06:24 PM


Posted by Anonymous July 20, 09 06:24 PM

OMG this is 1000000 bigger than Michael Jackson!!!

Posted by Vlad July 20, 09 06:57 PM

I was in Okinawa and watched the landing on AFRTS TV in glorious black and white. My youngest son Glenn was about 2-1/2 weeks old at the time.

Posted by Joe Rosinski July 20, 09 07:08 PM

To provide a plausible explanation the question how they photographed Neil Armstrong exitting the LM...
If memory serves correct (and while it usually does NOT) I believe there was a TV camera placed in the leg of the LM facing the opening, or in that direction... I dunno. If someone with a better nose than I could research this, I would greatly appreciate it.

P.S. All the conspiracy-theorists conveniently forget the "Lunar Faking" idiocies have been disproven at leavst five times every decade since we landed on the moon.

Posted by J Potter TN, USA July 20, 09 07:16 PM

On picture #28, it appears as if the light is coming from behind and to the right of him. This is consistant with the direction of his shadow and the light reflected from Armstrong in the helmet. He, too, is brighter on that same side.

As for the flag, it seems pretty obvious to me that there is a rod holding out the flag at the top. You can see it, the way that the material gathers around it.

Posted by librarian July 20, 09 07:42 PM

I was 6 years old and living on Cape Cod when men landed on the moon, but I remember it as if it was yesterday. What a time to be a human being, and I was glad to be able to experience it. Thank you for sharing these amazing pictures!

Posted by Steve in Milwaukee July 20, 09 07:48 PM

I was at a kids summer camp in Wiscasset Maine,which didn't allow radios or TV's.The week of Apollo 11 several TV's were placed in the big red barn to the amazement and delight of alot of kids.The landing showed us some of life's wonder and possibilities.I will never forget it.

Posted by Mark July 20, 09 08:00 PM

Simply amazing. Now if only the government would throw some of those billions it's wasting at NASA, we could be on the moon tomorrow. Trust me, I know. I practically live at the Nuetral Boyancy Lab. Think of all the good things that would come from it. New technology, resources from the moon, a launch point to Mars, a human colony, and even a way to save our planet. So let's all together make all our governments and private corperations get us there. We've done it one. We can do it again.

Posted by Astrokid248 July 20, 09 08:12 PM

Today, still, this is the greatest event that ever happened. And even greater is the fact that I was able to see it on TV from my home living room. It's unbelievable, yet it is true, I saw it with my own eyes.
I take my hat off, and thank all the many technitians that made the launching and safety return a total success. And don't forget the three Austronauts maunuvering the spaceship. They were great, and very brave, indeed. Thank you guys.

Posted by Jose A. Palacios July 20, 09 09:13 PM

I was eight, born in the UK and living there at the time, and my memory tells me I stayed up all night to watch it on TV - but that can't be true as it would not have been possible for me in time difference or my ability to stay awake at that age to those times! What that tells me is a) how truly special this occasion was as it has continued to draw my interest through my life and, b), how humans can be capable of so much when commited and focused.

Reading the comments on the site, ranging from amazingly proud and inspired through to conspirasists and the oddly uncaring, it strikes me we continue to prove humans are confused and confusing - but, ultimately, inspiring and caring.

Posted by neil w July 20, 09 09:28 PM

I watched this moment in time as it happened ... 40 years later and I still fill the awe.

Posted by mike July 20, 09 10:40 PM

I watched "one small step" at home on the couch with my girlfriend while celebrating my mother's birthday .

A great night.

Happy 81 mom.

Posted by Greg Shea July 20, 09 10:57 PM

El poder Americano ciempre sera sobre la tierra felicitaciones Estados Unidos.

Posted by Anonymous July 20, 09 11:29 PM

Erwin I couldnt agree more with your views on the Apollo 11 astronauts and Dr. von Braun, and I also agree with the fact that solid rocket boosters are no the way of the future. But in that sense, no chemical rocket booster can be the rocket of the future, not even the, impressive as they were, liquid rocket boosters of the Saturn V. Also, we have to give credit where credit is due to today's rocket designers. The Saturn V was surely a marvel of human ingenuity, and it was decades ahead of their time, but it surely wasn't the "best controlled rocket ever built" (although I'd certainly like to believe that the MIT braniacs working on it could develop a guidance system to deserve such a title for 40 years).The Space Shuttle and other such new rocket systems are, by virtue of the increased technology, more precisely controlled. So yes the Saturn V was an amazing machine, the most POWERFUL rocket ever built for sure, and yes the Apollo program remains one of humankind's greatest scientific and exploratory endeavors ever, but I'm not sure traits of the Saturn V should be stretched out of proportion.

Posted by Billy July 20, 09 11:50 PM

Realmente Maravillosooooo!!! Recuerdo este dia, como uno de los que mas me ha impactado en mi vida.
Tenia 14 anios, y seguí muy atentamente todos los detalles desde la salida del Apolo 11, el alunizaje, la caminata de Amstrong y Aldrin y su regreso a la tierra.
Creo que desde entonces se sembro en mi una fascinacion por estrellas, planetas, galaxias,. Me acostumbre a mirar al cielo en las noches y ver la inmensidad del universo. Con un pequenio telescopio he escudrinado el cielo muchas veces.
Hasta hoy, sigo fascinada por la inmensidad de lo que nos rodea, miro al cielo, y me pregunto,,, cuando volveremos??
Gracias Apolo 11!! Gracias por todo!!

Posted by Margarita Villasmil- Venezuela July 20, 09 11:53 PM

What the USA achieved in the 1960's, culminating in the Apollo missions (with the help of a few friends around the world) will resonate through history in a way that we have little hope of grasping.

We only had one TV in our school at North Caringbah, Sydney, Australia. I was 11 years old and privileged to observe what is probably one of the greatest moments in the story of humans and one of my most exciting and vivid childhood memories.

The current crop of people who think that the Apollo missions was a waste of money should understand that those images will still be watched in 1,000 year's time by people who will have lives that we have no chance of understanding in this day and age. Their perspective will be very interesting indeed as they'll have a greater understanding of the legacy of the Apollo 11 crew and the thousands of people who contributed to putting them on the moon. Who from the 20th century, besides Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, will still be remembered then?

BTW, for those dull-witted or easily mislead types who still think we didn't go:

Posted by Astrogirl July 21, 09 12:20 AM

Your post is awesome! I really enjoyed it tonight! Happy 40th Anniversary Apollo 11!

Posted by TattingChic July 21, 09 12:50 AM

this is why I love America!

Posted by wickedspring July 21, 09 12:50 AM

America .... This is much better than guns and murder.

Posted by Ron Low July 21, 09 04:12 AM

I remember this historical moment very vividly. I was only 10 years old but old enough to understand that this was just the beginning of a new era.
Unfortunately in the long run we didn't feel the urge to continue.....

Posted by Knud July 21, 09 04:57 AM

Who could forget, who could forget....

Sitting in a classroom in St George's College in Harare; listening through a storm of static on a little radio to the halting voice of Neil Armstrong doing his small step and giant leap - and then trekking to a cinema in Harare a week or two later, to see the actual footage of the moon landing - in black and white, so fuzzy it was hardly visible, but we wouldn't have missed it for the world. For a 14-yr-old science fiction aficionado, this was Christmas, the Millenium and the Holy Grail, all wrapped into one.

So it was entirely fitting that, on my way to the airport at 5 am yesterday, I commemorated the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11's successful mission with Jethro Tull's "For Michael Collins, Jeffery and me" (Benefit album, 1970) - loudly. Commiserating with Michael Collins.

"I'm with you, LEM
Though it's a shame that it had to be you
The mother ship is just a blip
From your trip made for two
I'm with you boys, so please employ just a little extra care
It's on my mind, I'm left behind
When I should have been there
Walking with you..."

We marvel now that it was done with slide rules, with less computing power than is now packed in the average cell phone, that 1950s technology was driving a 1960s achievement. That it was probably done for all the wrong reasons - we didn't care then, and we shouldn't care now.

We took a step off the planet.

And then we stepped back.

Ah, well.

"And the yellow soft mountains
Grow very still
Witness as intrusion
The humanoid thrill"

Posted by Ed Rybicki July 21, 09 06:05 AM

Dear all
I was born on exactly the same time the man landed on the moon. My husband was 5 years old at that time and won prize in the school for elocution comprtition regarding this event of landing on ther moon.
My children are amazed to see the entire photos on the net. Great photos!!!

Posted by Anuradha July 21, 09 07:04 AM

Does anyone realize that the first color broadcast was from the Moon? NASA gives us tons of spin offs that the commercial world uses and doesn't realize. Smoke detectors, scratch proof eye glasses, memory foam, tele-communications, and count less other products that were developed at NASA and given to the world.

Posted by Sean Collins July 21, 09 07:43 AM

I hear a word bandied about by my kids that annoys me a little as it's usually overkill for what should be a mundane response but I'm going to use it now for what I believe to be the best and purest way I can describe these pics, that word is "awesome".
I remember following the Gemini and Apollo series of successes and failures through the eyes of an Australian child in the '60s and my immense satisfaction when they finally made it to the moon. The black & white TV in the cramped school room, the reel to reel recordings my father made, rockets adorning every school book I had and for one moment in time we all looked together as one at a peaceful endeavour and agreed that it was truly inspiring.
I listened to Neil, Buzz & Mike on the radio yesterday - sharp guys who HAVE BEEN THERE and I am grateful they got back and 40 years on - are with us still.
Awesome indeed.

Posted by Uncle Les July 21, 09 09:10 AM

I find it ironic that the Guidance System which got us to the moon and back was made by the AC Sparkplug division of General Motors which has become a part of the bankrupt Delphi Company

Posted by Anonymous July 21, 09 10:16 AM

For once my soul was lifted far off the earthly ground while looking at the pictures taken 40 years ago!

Posted by U K Banerjee July 21, 09 10:24 AM

nose cuando pero una vase en la luna seria util ,no por lode el elio 3 que podria ser una quimera ono sino como posicion de osdserbacion un telescopio en la luna,etc sin ser necesario en un principio ser abitada por humanos posicion fija automatizada robotizada, parecido a un satelite repetidor.

Posted by Alberto Ibañez Gormaz July 21, 09 10:51 AM

This Landing occurred on my wife's 40th birthday. My six children, my wife and I gathered around our black and white television set and watched, enthralled and excited and very proud to be Americans. It was a very thrilling event in all our lives. I have seen many of these pictures over the years but they are always refreshing and easy to view again. Thanks to ALL the people that made this possible.

Posted by Allan T. Moss July 21, 09 11:10 AM

The B&W camera that recorded Neils steps down the ladder was mounted on an access panel door. Neil paused part way down, pulled on a line to release the door, hinged at the bottom. The door swung open, and there was Neil, on the ladder, but upside down because the camera had turned with the door and was upside down. In short order they inverted the image.

Posted by giant240 July 21, 09 11:35 AM

Anyone who knows something about the Van allen rings, can tell me how did they pass through?

Posted by tom July 21, 09 11:44 AM


Van Allen belts are composed of energetic particle radiation such as alpha particles (stopped by a sheet of paper) and beta particles and protons (stopped by 2-3mm of aluminum).
Plus they flew through at about 25,000 mph.
Plus they chose a trajectory through the thinner bits.

Posted by Van Allen July 21, 09 01:06 PM

The Flag was blown over on their ascent from the moon. One of the astronauts, actually saw it go over.

Posted by Wallace July 21, 09 01:23 PM

I was able to find an old book entitled CARRYING THE FIRE by Michael Collins in a bookstore just this month (July). I said this was the astronaut of Apollo 11! I don't know if it's a coincidence that i'm reading a book telling what took place some 40 years ago. I was 15 when this historical landing happened but we have no tv in our place at that time. It was many years more after I saw the actual landing on the moon on tv. After I read this book of Mr. Collin, I became a big fan of him. He is somewhat always eclipsed by Armstrong and Aldrin but he sure made also a great contribution to the success of Apollo 11!

Posted by mercedes maxion July 21, 09 02:26 PM

I showed a video of the Apollo 11 mission to a class of 4th graders. They seemed unimpressed and I realized why: when I told them that this NOT special effects or computer imagery, they were shocked, and then very very impressed.

To the conspiracy people:
-Aldrin working the flag into the lunar surface caused the flag to move. It will actually wave more in a vacuum when jostled.
- the was indeed a camera that unfolded from the lander's landing strut.
-the footprint stayed because moon dust is dry, yes, but sharp and with much greater cohesive properties than earth sand, which is rounded.
-the shadow angles are caused by uneven topography.
-moon dust is reflective. otherwise you wouldn't see it in the sky. so, yes, Aldrin can be seen in the shadow of the lander.
-the 'guidewires' on the astronauts are light reflections off the suits. ever see moving wheels in a video? they appear to moving backwards, but that doesn't mean they are.
-i hope i've covered all the dopey theories. just like jfk, there would have to be thousands of people in on the secret. and all would have to keep it. forever. please...

Posted by Gerry Britt July 21, 09 02:27 PM

Looking at these pictures is too difficult not imagine the life existence in other planets.
We realized that our planet is just a “grain of sand” in the universe.
It is hard to believe that our journey is restricted only on this planet too and not continue through the eternity.

kindly regards,


Posted by Rogerio Lewis July 21, 09 02:50 PM

40 years have passed and i m seeing it now. I was born in 1993 n dont know any thing about that. Today is the 40th anniversery and feel so happy to know about this when i watch all these photos. That was our first step. Now our next goal must be to land on Mars and i know that we can do it too. Bless to all scientist who are working for it.

Posted by Kamran July 21, 09 03:10 PM

Good for you America and all the world.More grease to your elbows as the saying goes.Hopig to see a american in Mars soon.
From an admirer.

Posted by mark ambat July 21, 09 05:33 PM

Simply outstanding!!!
Congratulations for all the astronauts and technicians that made this a reality!

Posted by Cesar from Brazil July 21, 09 07:13 PM

wow.. these are amazing pics.(don't listen to people who disagree!)

Posted by Leigh O'brien from CT July 21, 09 07:57 PM


Posted by SOLOMON July 21, 09 08:00 PM

i was very proud of america that day as it came to pass i was employed at the space center .working on many projects. especially the shuttle and crawler. go america

Posted by lloyd garvin July 21, 09 09:15 PM

well i think that that was just FANDIDALEETASTICC

well done who ever put that 2gether!!

Posted by geroge July 21, 09 10:57 PM

On the 40th annivers of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing my wife and I joined hundreds of other NASA/MSFC retirees and employees to reminisce and enjoy displays of Saturn/Apollo mock-ups. It was a great program where each day was an opportunity to push toward completion of the task set before us by President Kennedy.
The evolution continues; Dr. Goddard's research to V-2 to Redstone to Jupiter to Saturn to Space Shuttle to Ares to ??? I am glad to have experienced part of it.

Posted by Bill Brown July 21, 09 11:19 PM

Our son was born during this period ( 12 July ). We had already named him Neil. I was listening to BBC running commentary of the launch, when he was born! Graet pictures.

Posted by Ajit Lamba July 21, 09 11:55 PM

i think neil armstrong is AWSUM MAAN! =]

Posted by nikki chandler July 22, 09 12:00 AM


Posted by KIDS TODAY DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT IS LIKE. wHO would have ever thought we would someday see a h July 22, 09 01:33 AM

....why nobody asked what I've been asking myself all this time: where are the stars on any of the photos??? the moon doesn't have atmosphere so can you imagine how spectacular view full of stars you would have... so did we really landed on the moon???

Posted by Huggs July 22, 09 01:45 AM

now if only we can get them to go back and clean up after themselves...

Posted by mallix July 22, 09 02:14 AM

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Posted by LnddMiles July 22, 09 03:36 AM

very intresting

Posted by Annamalai July 22, 09 07:55 AM


Instead of spouting theories, why don't you go outside at night and take a photograph yourself at night and see if you get any stars....... Sometimes there are very simple explainations such as exposure lengths.

Posted by Cat July 22, 09 08:51 AM

Absolutely amazing photos. I too am too young to have experienced the event, but even looking at these photos I am getting a little teary at the sheer history of the events that took place 40 years ago. 24 is a standout - the expression on Armstrong's face is truly representative of what I'm sure everyone were feeling at the time (and indeed what I am now). Really paints a picture of the effect this had on all mankind.

Posted by Luke July 22, 09 08:52 AM

I rememeber this day so well. Everybody was so very aware about the moonlanding. We listened and watched TV (no internet/Twiter/emails then) to Walter Cronkite (CBS TV) as he explained each phase of the flight . He had a gift for telling and keeping you litening. His voice "just made it right".

Excellent picture selections. Seen some of these but many I have not seen in before. Thanks

Posted by B L Dunn July 22, 09 09:09 AM

I was there, some of my designs flew on every Apollo mission,Iam very proud of what was accomplished, and that I had a small part in it.

Posted by G.C. "Jerry" SHOWS July 22, 09 09:58 AM

AMA Zing as we say in South Africa. Flippen amazing.

Posted by André Olivier July 22, 09 09:59 AM

When I asked a group of young journalists attending a professional training course, how much distance they think is between earth and the moon, The most nearest answer was one million light year! Remembering the very important event like walking of a human on the surface of the moon, also have to be together with a wide spread informational plan to say the younger generation why it was too much important? Why US has to do that job? How far is the moon and how long it takes we reach it by a racket of 32000 kilometre an hour speed. I personally am proud of that and say congratulation to everybody has been involved in this great achievement.

Posted by Masoud Mohadjer July 22, 09 10:17 AM

Joe Rhymes - were you alive when this occurred? If ever a need for your views was provided, this was it. The renewed faith that it provided to the human race was much greater than your limited dogma can ever comprehend.

Posted by sailorforsail July 22, 09 11:24 AM

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Posted by LnddMiles July 22, 09 11:29 AM

These are fantastic pictures. When Astronaut Wilcutt returned from space, he visited his brother in Glasgow, Ky., and shared videos of his trip with the Kiwanis Club. When they came over Africa, you could clearly view the holes in the Ozone layer, which was amazing.

Posted by Cecil Glass July 22, 09 12:19 PM

I had just gotten off watch on a one-of-a-kind highly classified ship, (post my 10 Navy years) at Roosevelt Roads, and went to a local bar (only place with a TV) in Cieba, Puerto Rico. The LEM had landed and Armstrong was just climbing out to descend the ladder. The picture was pretty poor from the exterior TV camera, a 7# downsizing of the the 400# earth-bound TV cameras of the day. Along with amazement, I felt an odd emotion, best described as being upset, maybe angry. I later understood why I was "upset". I was VERY jealous, BECAUSE I WAS NOT THERE - ON THE MOON. Darn, why not me? I also felt sorry for Michael Collins - "So near, yet so far!" And the 15 others who were to orbit, but not land (3 trying to survive Apollo 13). Now we know today's Laptops have more computer capacity than all of Houston did then - and a PDA of today more than the Apollo. Lets hear it for super gutsy and super cool pilot, Neil Armstrong and his many brave pre & post 1st landing astronauts (one of whom I worked with, Scott Carpenter, when he became an Aquanaut). These guys went "UP" with technology that would not be allowed to fly today. Amazing, fantastic, wonderful (full of wonder). And I STILL WANNA GO!

Posted by Richard J. Murphy July 22, 09 12:52 PM

I was on the Island of An Thoi in the South China Sea of the coast of Vietnam. We were listening on the radio. It was a surprise to us we didn't know what was happening until the landing. Needless to say we were very proud and amazed!

Posted by Ron Larrivee, BUC, Retired July 22, 09 01:31 PM

What wonderful people these were. Compare this with the clown act we have in charge now. My God, how we have slid down the slope. Those times were the late-great-America.
B Spence
Oklahoma City
July 22, 2009

Posted by Bruce Spence July 22, 09 02:26 PM

I was awake for 3 days straight as a 9 year old in Alameda California. There were kids playing baseball across the straight when Neil Young took his steps and thought to myself how could they miss the biggest event of Mankind ??
Years later I was also a live witness to the Challanger disaster in Indiatlantic Florida. From triumph to tragity. Great Shots and Thank You to My Daughter NaTasha that sent these from Palm Bay Florida.. Lets go the Mars Folks !

Posted by Mark C July 22, 09 02:32 PM

I'm not American, nor was I alive at the time but when I see these pictures I wish I was both, but the best thing is that it actually does feel like we are all united when you see what we can achieve as a race. 40 years on and still mind blowing. It certainly was THE golden era for the USA.

Posted by simon blake July 22, 09 03:20 PM

I was 8.5 years old and watching TV with my parents from our house in Cocoa Beach when we landed on the moon. We jumped out of our seats and our hair stood up on our arms. I still have the Florida TODAY newspaper from the next morning, with the headlines reading "Man on Moon." A couple of years later, Dad went to work on the Apollo program at Kennedy Space Center, which was even more electrifying, because now we had an "in." I have tons of irreplaceable Apollo memorabilia, and looking at it all again brings back so many exciting memories. In 1979 I followed in Dad's footsteps by also going to work at KSC. I am very lucky to have worked the entire Shuttle program to date, and am really looking forward to working on our next launch vehicle, Constellation. We are sure to discover many new and exciting things as our quest for manned spaceflight continues.

Posted by Patti Lowery-Spadafora July 22, 09 03:24 PM

Brazil was one night in July, it was almost dawn when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon for the first time.
It was just a young man with 20 years of age. Today, 40 years later I feel the same excitement to celebrate this wonderful day.
Wonderful images
Wonderful memories

Sorry my english.

Paulo Tarso J Santos - Brasil - 65 years old

Paulo de Tarso J Sntos

Posted by Paulo Tarso J Santos July 22, 09 04:04 PM

It was so thrilling. Whole family in front of TV and smiling and cheering. Today, seeing and hearing OUR astronauts rekindles that good ol' American Spirit and Pride. Buzz (and probably Armstrong/Collins and the others) want us to go to Mars. YES!! Let's do it!! Regardless of "life" possibilities on other planets, it seems that all the "stuff" we need on Planet Earth to do greater things is out there to harvest for our benefit. Let's go get it. Let's make livable environments on other planets. Let's give today's children and ones yet to be born, future experiences and enthusiasm like we had thanks to all the wonderful talented people who dreamed and worked to make dreams come true. Let's carry on the Right Stuff. God Bless America, again, please.

Posted by Linda July 22, 09 04:31 PM

Looking at these pictures I am overwhelmed with a huge sence of patriotism. America, still very young compared to other nations has achieved so much. It is nice also to look back and remember a simpler time when America, without hesitation, embraced it's connection to God and the importance of placing Him above our successes. I was told that the Astronauts took communion and had a bible study while on the moon. It must have been amazing to do those things with the view they beheld.

I as I snap out of my moment of joy I am reminded of our present time when organizations such as the ACLU are tearing our country apart with anti-Christ motivation and now amazingly we have a President that recently ended the tradition of National Day of Prayer celebrations held at the White House and refuses in his powerful position to put an end to the people trying to remove 'In God we Trust" from our coins and any mention of God from our government, instead he is telling the world that America is no longer a Christian nation.

How did we ever let this great nation get so far away from those who love so much? the answer is simple...our schools have been taken over by communists that are hell bent on destroying America's youth indoctunating them to anti- American ways of thinking. All educators should stand by the Teachers Oath that none shall teach anything that undermines American history or its spiritual traditions, and if they are fond to be teaching contrary views they should be stripped of their degrees and sent into the privet sector.

America! wake up, and lets take back our beautiful Nation and the minds of our youth! GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF THIS GREAT NATION!

Posted by Glen May July 22, 09 04:47 PM

I had just graduated from high school and watched the landing on a black-and-white TV, sitting right in front, not wanting to miss anything. Our house was small; our family numbered six. Surely there were others in the room (it was a Sunday), but I was unaware of anything but the miraculous history unfolding on the TV.

This is one of America's greatest moments. May God Bless our astronauts of yesterday and today.

Posted by Alice C.S. July 22, 09 06:36 PM

I used to tell my three sons when they had to tell somthing in history class to tell the students that their father flew the flag that flew on the moon over the Capitol.I was a Capitol Policeman.My oldest son is a Major in Afghanistan,and the second son is in the Florida National Guard, I love the Pictures. This is the greatest Nation in World let's not chage it.

Posted by July 22, 09 07:34 PM

After watching and reading this, again I was very proud to be an American and although my heart was going 100 miles an hour, it was worth it.
I wish that we get more sensational programs and or pictures like this again in the near future, at least we know where our money is going too and the price we all payed for it was worth it. thanks America, I was very very proud of you that day.

Posted by Arend Beije July 22, 09 07:35 PM


Posted by ANDY EVANS July 22, 09 07:51 PM

Half success. Half failure.
50--50. for failure-success.
Great they made it and all three still alive in 2009
Remember the risk they all took. Earth is number three planet of Sun.
2020: Man back on Moon. Will be Done
2030: Man Mars. Will be Done

Posted by Charles Darwin July 22, 09 10:08 PM

Amazing feat, I am glad I was there to see it all on T.V. I only wish that I could have been there with them. I wish we had this kind of people around now, instead of the so called people of today.
'til next time, Jay

Posted by Jay Riley July 23, 09 12:03 AM

I was a child when Dad called me to listen to the radio. I was so amazed that I ran outside in my yard and gazed at the moon. I was looking in vain to see these brave men making history. I suppose it is like our faith in God. We believe and are in awe of things not seen.

Posted by Terri July 23, 09 12:15 AM

I told my mother I was so glad they saved this surprise for my 21st birthday. I watched in awe as so many people came together for such an amazing accomplishment. My bro - in law was the the supervisor for the control systems for the Gemini project and I was totally awed by it all.

Posted by Suzanne W Smith July 23, 09 01:40 AM

My family and I were stationed in Stuttgart, Federal Republic of Germany, in 1969. We were elated with the lunar landing, and we were extremely impressed by the reactions of the German public. The downtown stores that sold TVs had their largest TVs in their show windows, tuned to the Lunar Landing, and scores of shoppers gathered in front of the windows, cheering as if they were Americans. Later, when we crossed the border from Germany to Austria, both the German and the Austrian border guards eagerly expressed to us their joy and admiration of the Lunar Landing, then waved us right through.

Posted by James O. Turner July 23, 09 02:10 AM

Photo #1: Note that the moon always presents the same side to the earth. When seen from the moon, the earth only rotates on itself, it doesn't move through the sky. So it is false to say that the earth is "rising above the Moon's horizon".

Posted by Vince July 23, 09 03:12 AM

"one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"

May God bless America and all that dwell on her soil.

I am proud to be an American!

I stood in my front door, looked at the moon and watched the TV totally and completely fascinated.

Posted by Dave July 23, 09 03:35 AM

Even before the moon landing I was in awe of the study of space. I followed everthing I could about NASA's work. I was 14, the summer of 1969. All astronauts deserve recognition, just as other military heroes.

Posted by Alice Keene Kemp July 23, 09 09:23 AM

awesome,great pictures.

Posted by Marilyn July 23, 09 09:32 AM

Of course this event took place and I'm limited
expressing my awe. But I feel sorry for those who,
without reason, choose to think it didn't happen.
When these people are looking for no place to
park they'll always find no place to park.
Pure unadulterated murmurs, gripers.
So sad

Posted by GI Joe July 23, 09 10:09 AM

This was the greatest achievement in the history of the world. Showing our capacity as one nation, one spacecraft and with one idea "to go where no man has gone before" is the monument of working together. Now, that we have done this, we must focus wholly on accomplishing the unity of all people and nations as one world of peaceful order. This will be the greatest achievement that can ever be reached before the final achievement of joining together with other planets, galaxies and universes.
It is for the betterment of mankind to unite in peace so that all the energy of these forces can be consorted to accomplishing all endeavors of goodwill through science, humanitarianism and earthly salvation to prevent what we continue to destroy via war, ecologically, or through tyranny. It is time to share the earth's wealth with all people equally through all means available and with the goal of destroying everyones abilities to harm one another.
When we attain this goal, which our U.S. Constitution and others aim to do, we can then give from ourselves to each other for the love and happiness that only sharing can accomplish. Helping mankind doth not have room in one's heart for the kind of Greed that harms another life.
If there is a God, Bless mankind and all life forms everywhere, and help guide us. If not, we still must continue to work and create our destiny of goodwill that allows us to succeed in such magnificent ways as APOLLO 11, or we shall perish in failure rather than reach our united dream of PEACE.
We can do it as we are still alive, kicking and trying to unite, get along and make all life and earth a utopia for the future. All the wars past are behind us and they have not yet killed us all as we still have the will to live happilly in peace. That is the only win worth fighting for.

Henry B.

Posted by HJB July 23, 09 01:39 PM

re: Flag waving.

You know, I watched that landing, and I watched Cronkite faithfully, even though I was only eleven. From what I remember, he asked how the flag was standing up like that if there was no atmosphere to blow it around, and he was told there were wires in it to hold it up. If you look at the top part of the flag, near the stars, you can actually see what appears to be something holding it up. "Stretching " the cloth isn't going to work the way you say it will because you have to remember there is gravity...and gravity works, evn if it's only 1/6th of what we have

Posted by Uncle Ben July 23, 09 05:17 PM


Posted by Anonymous July 23, 09 06:26 PM

I have always been impressed with the astronauts bravery. I bought a picture taken from the last flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia 2003-it hangs in my kitchen-reminding me on a daily basis how much respect these people deserve. One thing-I still consider John Glenn a hometown hero-but I'm proud to say we are both Ohioan.

Posted by Cindy Robinson July 23, 09 08:55 PM

My wife and I were in a cabin in the Rockies with no TV reception, so missed the graphic moment. As an engineer, I have come to the conclusion that putting a man on the moon was a relatively easy task that could be accomplished by throwing lots of public funds at it. And, that the reason and benefit of continuation of that expensive program has mainly to employ large numbers of moderate to highly intelligent people. Few, if any, of our society's or the world's problems have been solved since then. God has provided us with a better ability to understand the physical universe than human behavior.

Posted by Rich B. July 23, 09 10:21 PM

one of the greatest moments in my life ... what a day ( I was 16). Thank you for that beautyful pictures. Steven

Posted by Steven Keim, germany July 24, 09 01:04 AM

very good

Posted by kumar July 24, 09 01:25 AM

There are conspiracies going on but this is not one of them. And while I am betwix between the east and west on going into space it was an incredible achievement.

What gets me though is we can do all this but can't find Osama Bin Laden *)

Posted by rcandrews July 24, 09 09:28 AM

I was 17, and working the night shift at my father's Sunoco station in VT. It was a beautiful, clear summer night and I had the radio on full volume as I stood outside and stared into space, looking at the moon. It was almost incomprehensible as to what was transpiring. I remember being awestruck as I heard Armstrong's words. Today, I am still awestruck by the setting of, and meeting of the challenge. It was and is a glorious moment of the human race...and for you conspiracy theorists...I was outside watching, but I didn't see 'em on the moon, so maybe you're right...
BRAVO ZULU to all involved!

Posted by H.M. Harmon July 24, 09 10:00 AM

It amazes me that there are people who think that this technical achievement, the sacrifices of the astronauts, and the dedication of thousands of people was a farce or a waste of time and taxpayer money.
It seems that they have no idea, or refuse to acknowledge, the advances in medicine, science, industry, technology, communication, and on and on and on...that were a direct result of this effort.
To those morons I say...go find a cave to live in your own private little world, while the rest of us push the envelope and benefit from our continued search for knowledge..

Posted by Ed Durante July 24, 09 12:44 PM

I remember the moon landing and still think it is awesome and think we should
go back.,only wish I could go.

Posted by Ida Batsch July 24, 09 01:50 PM

I was camping with my family at Hermits Island in Maine, USA. We had only a radio, no TV. We listened to Walter Chronkite, God rest his soul. I can remember it like yesterday. I agree with #423 posting of Ed Durante, I couldn't say it better.

The big news today is all about a incident that occured in Cambridige MA, involving a Cambridge Police officer who was doing his job, a Harvard professor who appeared to be breaking into his own home, a biased President of the United States who put his nosed where it didn't belong. (sic) HOW PATHETIC!!!
This makes me still proud to be an American, the photos are great and the spirit of what it encumbers will allow us to survive, even what is going on today.

Posted by Barbara Connors Vaughan July 24, 09 01:55 PM

It was not a waste of money nor time, since going to the moon and the study of the cosmos in general made man discover many important things we use daily (like velcro! And other bigger stuff).

Posted by Keith Moon July 24, 09 02:04 PM

I was an 7y old boy at the time, nothing else impressed me more. It had a big, positive influence on my life, and still has. Thanks!

Posted by Ed July 24, 09 02:09 PM

History will be divided, I think at this moment. Mans time up to the moon landing, and mans time after.
The effects of this on human kind will probably not be fully appreciated in our lifetime.

Posted by Davo July 24, 09 04:26 PM

An Amazing Technical Scientific Breakthrough That a Lot Of The WORLD WHO HAVE TAKEN OUR MONEY & MIGHT The Last 95 Years Do Not Want To Believe.

Posted by Anonymous July 24, 09 05:42 PM

This is so far out! How old were you in 1969?

Posted by Dan Nava July 24, 09 06:50 PM


Posted by Bigdog July 24, 09 08:06 PM

I remembering watching it on my grandma's black and white TV, and my uncle saying it was all fake! He couldn't believe it really happened! I was 8 at the time!

Posted by Judy B July 24, 09 10:51 PM

We were in Florida for the launch of Apollo 11 and it was an awesome event and Neil Armstrong's walk on the Moon only made it more meaningful. God Bless America.

Posted by George Valach July 25, 09 12:26 AM

Great photos! I will never forget that day. I have always wondered; if Armstrong and Aldrin would have crashed on the moon, could Collins have made it back to earth by himself??

Posted by Steve Kapp July 25, 09 01:35 AM

I was in Vietnam doing the best I could to save my as_.

(Please do no publish my email address.)

Posted by Varney Smith July 25, 09 09:57 AM

Very moving. Proud to be an american.

Posted by Francis Marino July 25, 09 02:15 PM

#409: That's true, but if you are in the Command Module orbiting the moon, you are moving relative to both the moon and the Earth, so from your perspective you will see an earthrise. More precisely one should probably say that this was a terran eclipse; the moon was between the Earth and the CSM, thereby occluding the view. Once the CSM came out from behind the moon's shadow, the Earth once again became visible.

Posted by Red Five July 25, 09 04:15 PM

Superb photographs! They chronicle the most historic event of our lifetimes, and of my memory. When the moon landing occurred, I was 18, and on a fishing boat with my family in the Everglades. We had been fishing and skiing all day, and had pulled up to a dock at a marina in the middle of nowhere to refuel in the evening. The attendant very excitedly implored us "Come inside, quickly - the astronauts are landing on the moon!" We had watched the vapor trail to the East a few days earlier, as the Saturn V lifted off from Cape Canaveral, and didn't realize the landing was imminent. As we hurried down the long, wooden dock toward the marina building, the full moon was shining brightly just above its roof. My sister hollered out, "Daddy, I don't see anybody up there!" When we got inside, a small crowd was watching silently as the story unfolded on the television. "One small step for man…" will always have a special place in my heart.

Posted by Robert Estes July 25, 09 07:50 PM

Truly was a proud moment for America. As a ten year old chold, I was taken by the pure excitement of what was happening. Every American who saw the landing should be prould to experience this truly incredible moments. While I hate to bring politics into the mix, I know Michelle Obama while too young too remember this lunar mission, should have been a proud American. For Michelle, perhaps because no African American astronauts where included she was unable to be proud. How pathetically sad if she feels this way. Grow up Michelle.

Posted by Henry July 25, 09 08:08 PM

This has been wonderful seeing all these pictures and comments.
The history that has been made for this wonderful Country. We as Americans have to stand strong and keep this Country the way I had the opportunity of growing up in. God Bless all the Astranauts and all fo our Men and Women that
has fought to keep our Country. These pictures and comments are breath-taking.
Thank you for sharing them. Keep America as we know it and love it.
Joan M. (Sug) Gillespie

Posted by Sug Gillespie July 25, 09 09:49 PM



WOW - great favorite is the moon, the LEM and the earth in one shot - the wisdom of Buz: "in this one moment, the world came together in peace for all mankind" The best prayer ever answered. Jude, CA

Posted by Judith Potter July 26, 09 11:11 AM

I was racing at a Sports Car Club of America Race in Southern California when the "small step" was made. The officials black-flagged the race and all the cars pulled off the track. They broadcast Armstrong's transmission over the track PA system. Fifty thousand spectators stood in absolute silence. It was absolutely incredible. What an achievement!

Posted by Ian McFall July 26, 09 12:35 PM

A fine set of photographs documenting a truely great step by mankind.
However if we look at photos # 36 and #37 we see that it is obvious that Photo #36 could not have been taken from Apollo 11 during the trans-earth portion of the mission. The apollo 11 Lunar landing was done at a time and position that had about half of the moon, facing the earth, in sunlight and half of the moon, on the left side as viewed from earth, was the unlight portion of the moon. The Line of lighted to unlighted is called the terminator.
The descent and landing was to be done with the sun in position behind the LM to provide the Crew with shadows to use as a indicator of altitude and position of objects in the intended landing area.
The moon makes a 28 day orbit of the Earth, this equates to about 12.8 degree per day change in position with respect to the earth to moon line at the time of landing.
the LM Stayed one day on the surface, then performed the rendevouz and dock with the CM. followed several orbits later with the Trans-Earth SPS burn to return to Earth. At this time the moon would have moved only about 12 to 14 degrees in its orbit around the earth. the Terminator had moved an equal amount.
Therefore a fully lighted moon photograph could not have been taken when the CM was within 10,000 miles of the moon. A time lapse of approx 7 days would be needed to observe a fully lighted lunar disk.

Posted by George L. Silver July 26, 09 01:27 PM

My husband and I, our daughter and soon to be son-in-law, and a young woman guest from Blandford, England, watched the landing sitting on the floor in front of our TV, in Kentfield, California. I took a photo of that scene, and to this day it brings tears of excitement to my eyes.

Posted by Elaine Brockbank July 26, 2009 July 26, 09 01:54 PM

Simply amazing, when you think about how they accomplished all that.

Posted by John Civera July 26, 09 01:57 PM

Rerally Really Really Really Really Friggin Cool!


Posted by Bruce Cullen July 26, 09 03:55 PM

It is my conviction that one of the principal goals of mankind is to reach out. What better way to reach out than by going futher into space.

Posted by Gerald W. West July 26, 09 05:22 PM

A Fantastic Feat. My oldest daughter, Lori, was enjoying her #11 birthday on July 20 when Appolo 11 and Neal Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon.

Posted by Ronald Sholders July 26, 09 10:08 PM

America at it's finest

Posted by J McDonald July 27, 09 02:34 AM

To all the conspiracy 'lunatics' . . .

We can prove the United States went to the moon with one word . . . Russia.

Considering the USA and USSR were watching every single thing the other was doing, if the moon landings had been faked, Russia have known about it. The USSR would have immediately informed the entire world that the landings had been faked and would have continued the race to the moon. Instead, the USSR gave up the race, knowing the USA had gotten to the moon first, and to this day a cosmonaut has not set foot on the moon.
Education is good for you, folks . . .

Posted by Darren Volker July 27, 09 05:03 AM

omg this freaking amazing website i love the whole thing it isaswwome

Posted by jaynee July 27, 09 05:41 AM

An absolutely epic achievement. Quite possibly humanity's greatest feats of both engineering and exploration to date.

Here's hoping relatively affordable commercial space flight comes along before I fall off the twig... I'm almost 35 already; hurry up, Branson!

...Also, +1 that #24's the pick of the bunch. The look on Armstrong's face, hours afterwards, says it all : D

Posted by Kimmo July 27, 09 10:37 AM

George Silver: please note the location of the Sea of Tranquility

The angle of the sun in that photo looks about right.

Posted by JRB July 27, 09 01:49 PM

A fantastic journy! Hats - Off to all the people who contributed to this wonderfull accomplishment. The Russians flew their dog around earth. however, the United States Astronauts went to the MOON!!!!

Posted by Charlie Miller July 27, 09 03:53 PM

Very amazing achievement. Also a fan of Mr Collins. An interesting statement on one of the pictures says that the moon is moving away from earth at a rate of 2.5 inches per year. It makes me wonder about the rest of the planets and the suns orbits with respect to the earth. Are all of the orbits of the planets orbits changing? Is there a connection to these changes and the effects of global warming on the earth? It might be an interesting scientific study to determine if there is any meaningful relationship between these changes and global warming.

Posted by Allan Artimisi July 27, 09 05:10 PM

I remember Sunday, July 20, 1969. I was working at a Standard Station in Corona, California while I was going to Cal Poly Pomona. I believe it was in the afternoon and I was listening to it on the radio while I was working. I believe the Apollo 11 landing was the most glorious human achievement of my lifetime. I wonder sometimes why we can do this unbelievable feat and not solve some of our other more mundane problems.
Bob DeMonbrun, Highlands Ranch, CO

Posted by Anonymous July 27, 09 05:50 PM

I was Stationed in Viet Nam , and Watched the Landing Live on a Small Black and white TV..I have Worked in Television for Most of My Life...This Was the Best Use of the Medium I Had Ever Seen..I Felt Very Proud of My Country and My Profession.

Posted by Bennie Wells Lawton, Oklahoma July 27, 09 07:15 PM


Posted by M. A. MAGGINNIS, CHICAGO, IL . July 27, 09 11:01 PM

Great to be reminded of this wonderful achievement......beautiful pictures. Thanks!

Posted by Mary Griffin July 28, 09 01:20 AM

My husband Lou and I were in Kansas City (he was finishing college) we had the opportunity to go up to an observatory on the college grounds and look through the lens to the moon while the three men were there. It was awesome. I will never forget it. It makes one realize how insignificant we are here on earth, there must be so much more out there....

Posted by Lynne Hoskins July 28, 09 03:26 AM

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Posted by Anonymous July 28, 09 09:27 AM

I am 60 years old now and a US Navy veteran. I was in Radioman "A" School at NTC Bainbridge, MD for 8 weeks of training to be a radio operator when the moon landing took place. It was fairly late in the evening, eastern time, when the landing took place. There was only one B&W tv in a room at one of the buildings on the base, but you wouldn't believe how many Sailors you can get in a room that small. I was so very proud of those men and what they were doing to represent our country and tworld. I was also proud that I had volunteered to join the Navy andI have never regreted my time served in defense of this great country of ours. God Bless Americaaand for what she stands for.

Posted by Gene Castellano July 28, 09 10:30 AM

What an exciting time!! I remember it well, I was 26 yrs old and glued to the tv watching everthing I could about this wonderful event! I grandfather was 84 yrs old at the time and until the day he died, he never believed the United States acually did go to the Moon..

Posted by Lynda Hawkins July 28, 09 10:35 AM

Imagine if we focused this much effort and funding and brain power on building soil, making foor and energy for people on earth in a way that was sustainable over the long haul.... If we 'got out house in order' and then thought about exploring new worlds... Taking care of this one first. We've got a long way to go on that. Still 1 billion+ people lacking basic needs each day. I know it's not one or the other, we need to do both to some extent but just building good fertile soil has received less attention and effort than the space race. And all of our lives depend on things as earthly as soil health.
Ben Falk

Posted by Ben Falk July 28, 09 11:09 AM

I was awaiting the arrival of my husband-to-be coming back from Viet Nam-where he was stationed as a Navy Pilot. He was watching from a stop-over in Hawaii. We were all watching and stopping, for awhile, our worldly worries and concerns--to see History being made. What a memorable day all around---thank you all for making all of this happen.

Posted by Linda Dietz July 28, 09 12:10 PM

How well I remember this time as I was 15 years old and lied my age (saying I was 18) and got a job working for National Bo as a helper on a Beer delivery truck in West Baltimore for the summer. I remember that summer was really hot and humid and I worked my butt off in all those hot bar room celler stops throwing returnable cases of bottles up on to the street and catching all the full ones as my driver slid them down the skids to me as I caught them at the bottom.We had about 150 bar and liquer store stops between Paca Street and Fremont Avenue. The moon mission was such a big deal back then that all the store fronts on Eastern Avenue that sold TV's had it on their sets in the front windows so the crouds walking by could take a look.

Posted by Joseph F Kopeck July 28, 09 01:46 PM

This happened about 2 weeks before I was born. I am proud to share a birthday (at least the year!) with the moon landing. What an amazing time in history!

Posted by Cathy Garcia July 28, 09 02:19 PM

I was a flight deck crewman aboard USS Constellation going about our business of War during the event. I came up to the berthing compartment to get some cool air after the launching of a sortie.

I set foot inside the compartment just as the first footstep was being made, I felt proud to be an American and at the same time a bit of shame that I had to return to the business at hand, which was recovering a sortie that had returned from bombing somewhere in VietNam Onh To MARS!!!

Posted by jay July 28, 09 02:37 PM

I was 9 yrs old when we landed on the moon, and I can still remember my father forcing my brother and I to watch the coverage on TV. Yes, FORCING - LOL! Hey, I was 9 years old and had other things to do. I wish I appreciated what I was watching as much as I do today while looking at these photos. An amazing accomplishment for humanity. WE ROCK!!!

Posted by Sherry in Las Vegas July 28, 09 03:20 PM

Wonderful! great and very rare opportunity. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL THE

Posted by AIDA LLADOC July 28, 09 04:18 PM

It still puts a smile on my face and renews the hope in my heart!

Posted by heather gold July 28, 09 04:24 PM

What an amazing achievement and such wonderful photographs. It's even more incredible to me now than it was in 1969. I think we got blase with all those Apollo missions. When I look at the moon tonight it is absolutely incredible to think that men once walked on it!

Posted by Barbara Hart July 28, 09 05:34 PM

JFK said we will go to the moon before this decade is out, and we did it.
Spiro Agnew was the highest ranking official at the Apollo 11 launch and called for the U.S. to land a man on Mars before the century was out. The leadership of the Democratic Party immediatly responded that they would prevent any such expenditures on space and make sure that social programs were funded instead. The Apollo program was cut short and man never returned to the moon again.

That explains the difference in U.S. capabilities then and now.

Posted by deano July 28, 09 08:15 PM

i think that apolo 11 is a good thing to serch up.

Posted by Renee July 28, 09 09:37 PM

I had a beautiful job on one of the Apollo tracking ships, the USNS Mercury (T-AGM 21), during the first 6 missions, which included Apollo 11. We pulled in to Pearl Harbor the day Neil and Buzz landed on the moon. When Customs & Immigration agents came aboard our ship to check our gear and passports they were surprized to see that no one was anxious to go ashore. We were all in our staterooms watching the live TV feed of the landing and the first footprint on an extraterrestrial body by a human being. We were all so blessed to be a part of that momentous project.

Posted by Ray Miller July 29, 09 12:25 AM

JRB Sea of Tranquility Location.

Yes. that is what one might see on a full moon, but when Apollo 11 landed, the `terminator' (moon to left is unlight, moon to right is sunlight) and sun angle at landing point is only a few degrees above the horizon and (behind your vehicle.) passed through the `Sea of Tranquilty' just to the left of the landing point. Providing the low sun angle to give the needed shadows and thermal control capabilitys needed by a non-active cooled vehicle. The moon orbit is from left to right as shown in the Wiki photo thusly the terminator would be moving to the right - or darkening more of the moon as the mission days passed.

Posted by George Silver July 29, 09 06:31 AM

I was privileged to help design the emergency EVA system for the CSM and LM, which would have been used by Neil and Buzz to return to the CSM in the event that the internal tunnel between the two vehicles became impassable due to jammed equipment, etc. Thankfully we never needed to go outside in order to get from LM to CSM after docking, although we tested it on Apollo 9 in earth orbit. We, who worked on Apollo, were perhaps the most amazed at our success, since we had studied for years all the things which might go wrong, and fixed them, one by one. Since we were all human, we missed one or two, and the crews of Apollo 1 and Apollo 13 paid the price. So it will evr be when humans explore the unknown.

Posted by Frank Parker July 29, 09 09:52 AM

My son was born after this in November and I always connected this event with his birth. Throughout the years my pride for my son as well as this historic event has not lessened in the slightest! I am proud of being an American and just as proud being Dustin's Mom.

Posted by C. Mavis July 29, 09 04:42 PM

I was two months away from having my first child and watched it sitting on my living room floor. He turns 40 in September and I only wish he could have seen it happen.

Posted by Anonymous July 29, 09 04:43 PM

My wife recently purchased a model of the Saturn V for our grandson for his 5th birthday. When I came home, they were putting the model together. I told my grandson, Jack, that grandpa worked on this rocket at Kennedy Space Center. He looked at me like - no way. Well, I finally convinced him that I was telling him the truth. We finished the model together. He wants to be an astronaut. I hope he makes it.

Just call me CEDK. My fellow Saturn V workers will know what that is.

Posted by John Marvill July 29, 09 09:27 PM

I turned 17 on July 20, 1969. The landing was the best birthday present I have ever received. It was thrilling!

Posted by jeanne cozzarin July 29, 09 10:20 PM

I was born May 5th, 1961 (Alan Sheperd's flight) and was connected to the space program ever since, and these pictures bring back some unbelievable memories When I visited KSC while growing up and through my adult life, I dreamed of being an astronaut, but never made it; however, I am so proud of my son who has taken his first "small steps" and has chosen a career in space. May he continue and take a "giant leap" and be one the new generation of astronauts who once again bring us back to the moon. All great civilizations met their demise when they stopped exploring. Hopefully, we people of earth still have the vigor and curiosity to take us to the stars. God bless our wonderful planet.

Posted by Alan B. Sheperd Yermal July 30, 09 09:25 AM

I worked with the fueling crew for the Command and Service module on all of the Apollo moon missions and consider myself so fortunate to have wittnessed this the greatest feat on earth since the birth of Christ. I watched and waited and prayed I had done my part right. We are the greatest Nation on earth, we have the "Right Stuff" to do it again.

Posted by David H. Peterson July 30, 09 09:45 AM

Felicidades AMÉRICA, contento de haber vivido como niño, esos eventos trascendentales que ahora los recuerdo por medio de las fotografias. No abandonen al Dios que los ha prosperado tanto para hacer bien a al humanidad. "In God we trust".

Posted by Fito White July 30, 09 11:35 AM

I an a couple of others did the maps of the possible landing sites back in the 60's while I was working at the Army Map Service. It was an exciting time.

Posted by Randy Chartier July 30, 09 11:56 AM

Finally something within the Last six months to be proud of.
Amazing, simply "AMAZING">

Posted by J. Davis July 30, 09 02:13 PM

What is a "George Silver"? I've lived in USA for more than 87 years and haven't found or seen one yet. Is it in the right country?

Posted by L>E>Clingman July 30, 09 02:54 PM

I remember this so well.....was in the Army flight school in Alabama at the time and all of us were so in awe of these astronauts and their accomplishment. We were filled with pride at our nation's wondrous deed.

Posted by Jim Scott July 30, 09 04:35 PM

I was in the Air Force TDY in Wiesbaden, Germany. I knew the landing was going to be on black and white TV very early in the morning there so I volunteered to drive the crew bus on the late shift so I would be up to see it. How great it was. It is a true testament to the will of the american people and will always stand as a tribute to our ingenity. I am just so proud to be an american.

Posted by Harvey Hanson July 30, 09 05:10 PM

Great pics! I feel privileged to be an American and to have lived during this time in history. May we continue to strive for new goals to bring us together as the Apollo program did. God has truly blessed America!!!

Posted by Richard T. Powis Sr. July 30, 09 05:12 PM

This is just one more thing that this country should be proud of and we don't need to appologize to the rest of the world for who we are and what we have done. I am proud to have been part of the Apollo team and the 40th anniversary was great.
Larry E Bell July 30,09

Posted by Anonymous July 30, 09 07:14 PM

I felt after looking to all these fantastic photographs, that I was also one along with Neil Armstrong and his team to place my foot on the landing site of Moon. The photographs are so real and incredible. I am fortunate to witness this rare phenomenon during my life time.

Pradeep Joshi, Sunnyvale, CA July 30.

Posted by Pradeep Joshi July 30, 09 08:22 PM


Posted by BOB ROUSE July 30, 09 10:48 PM

I had just turned 12 when this wonderful event happened. I was lying in bed, in a pop-up camper at Henhouse Ridge on Lake Livingston, Texas, listening to this with my mom, on the radio. As my father was in the Air Force at Ellington AFB, I was no stranger to the space program and was thrilled to watch every second of any televsion program that involved space flight. Back then, we only had a black and white television, the pictures were poor quality, but the commitment and devotion of the astronauts and everyone involved was crystal clear for the whole world to see. These pics. are fantastic, I am so proud to be an American. Let's go to Mars!!!

Posted by K. Powers July 30, 09 11:35 PM

I was a 16 year old beach lifeguard for the City of Cape Canaveral that summer. I still remember the morning of liftoff, we had to kick three guys off one of our lifeguard towers. The had slept up there all night to get good "seats" for the launch. Great memories. Brevard County was really a great place to be back then.

Posted by Jim Dale July 31, 09 12:12 AM

I was 8 years old living in Florida on the Gulf Coast, when this took place.
I remember watching it on TV. I am 48 now!!!
What a day to remember in our History

Posted by Cat July 31, 09 03:53 AM

Allan, #456, yes all of the planets orbits do change, but very slowly. We can predict them pretty accurately with computers just by applying first principles of physics. And yes, very slow changes in the earth's orbit have caused our periodic ice ages. But the current global warming trend is MUCH faster, and it doesn't match the orbital models. There's no doubt about it, the current warming trend is unfortunately very clearly caused by human CO2 emissions.

Posted by Phil July 31, 09 09:39 AM

"one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"

May God bless America and all that dwell on her soil.

I am proud to be an American!

I stood in my front door, looked at the moon and watched the TV totally and completely fascinated.

Posted by vishal July 31, 09 09:57 AM

I was not born for another 13 years after we put a man on the moon, but I can't help but become emotional over these pictures. This was the hey-day of NASA, and a testament to the American spirit and the human thirst for knowledge. These images make me proud to be an American, proud to be a human, and proud of my job with a defense contractor working for NASA. This event, and the timeless images of it, make all of the differences we have as citizens of this planet seem frivolous. I can only hope that I live to see another event that bridges our divides and brings the world together in such a way, if only for a fleeting moment.

Posted by Tim July 31, 09 12:14 PM

I had arrived in Vietnam a week prior to the moon landing. As I was looking at the moon that night from Nam I had a wierd sense of "just who was farther away from home, them or me?" I had only 358 days to go. I saw Neil Armstrong at the Bob Hope's Christmas USO show, 5 months later in Chu-Lai. Miss. World (1970)) and Johnny Bench were also there.

Posted by Dennis G Greenlees July 31, 09 01:12 PM

I am proud to have had a hand in improving the inertial navigation system electronics process controls while working as a process control quality engineer with A C Electronics Div. of General Motors in Oak Creek, WI during 1966-1967 period. My BS in Mathematics from East Tennessee State University (1962) was very helpful in the application of statistical process control to get man to the moon and back.

Posted by W. Richard Mitchell July 31, 09 02:31 PM

"god bless america", "proud to be american".... This was not an american adventure, this was a world adventure; even Von Braun himself was not American.

American flag is by sure the less interesting thing of the whole mission...

Nice photos, by the way.

Posted by jumpjack July 31, 09 03:18 PM

I and my wife along with two daughters were near Mt. Denali (Mt. Mckinley) in Alaska at the time of the launch. We followed all the proceedings by radio. The weather was so overcast we could not see the wonderful mountain. After a rain downpour we went for a hike, picking berries along the way. Suddenly the clouds parted and there was the beautiful mountain in all its glory. Miraculously there also was the moon up over the mountain. Knowing the crew had landed, I took a picture showing the historic event along with the mountain in the foreground. This picutre is one of my most cherished.

Posted by Lawrence Hawkinson July 31, 09 04:28 PM

What wonderful memories and pictures. I am the only woman aerospace engineer to work on the 1st stage of the Saturn V. I worked for Boeing not NASA.
I had a partner. We can't find her. We are the first in history and the only women engineers who worked "hands on" on a great rocket during Apollo. I love these pictures. We lived this every minute. We were there. We worked for the astronauts to keep them safe and bring them home successfully. We did it!

Posted by Sara W Howard July 31, 09 08:35 PM

I was working at Cape Kennedy for IBM as a writer in 1969 and thus a member of the launch were all the contractors. I wrote about the IBMers who worked on the Instrument Unit (the brains of Apollo). The IU can be found directly under the capsule. It is jetisoned after orbit is achieved. IBM had rented boats to take our guests on to view the launch from the river. Even though I had witnessed earlier launches, this one was special. Our launch team had worked around the clock to make this happen for many months. It is a true testiment to the American Spirit and ingenuity.

Posted by Martha Croskeys Lemasters August 1, 09 09:12 AM

I am very proud to say that all the still pictures you are seeing were shot with the Hasselblad cameras that I maintain for NASA.Even though i did not work for the company at the time they still use them on the space shuttles and i still have the responsibility to make sure they come out as good as you see then.So enjoy the pictures .I know i do.

Posted by Jim August 1, 09 10:58 AM

I was a child and its one of the memorys I have of my Grand Father. Who was born in 1897. He said it was a lie. I just sat their in amazement. I still marvel at the achievement.

Posted by anthony belton August 1, 09 11:17 AM

Absolutely amazing photography and story.

Thank you.

Posted by Shane August 1, 09 02:25 PM

So, since we've "been there, done that ..." when do we establish two permanent stations, one on the top pole of the moon and the other on the bottom pole of the moon, connected by a tram through both the bright and dark-sides of the moon? Why two connected by a tram you ask? One for a backup in case something happens, dummy. Also, at a pole because those might be the best chances for water. Dig down about half-a-mile and live underground. Why a half a mile, meteors and the resulting moon-quakes, dummy. Do I gotta do all your thinking for you?

Posted by William M Klepper August 1, 09 03:41 PM

I remember the 20th. of July 1969 as if it were yesterday. I was in the control room of the Madrid Spain 85 ft. NASA tracking station when Neil Armstrong took his first step on the surface of the moon and we were tracking the signal from the Lunar Module. It's still as thrilling today as it was then, and I will never forget it.

Posted by Michael Merrill Elliott August 1, 09 04:12 PM

I remember this too, driving north on the 405, after a quiet weekend in Mexico, to my home in the Antelope Valley, near Edwards AFB. I am still amazed at how so many can only see this as an "American" achievement. It was also an achievement for all mankind! But we don't think like that in this country. Instead, we have the conceit to think that "God" should, could or would bless US, without any consideration for the rest of the world. Oh, that's right, I forgot: God Himself authored our Constitution. Yeh, right. Everyone else in the world is.... what?
Unimportant, or just inferior?

Posted by d. j. richards August 1, 09 05:03 PM

I was flying Army Chinook Helicopters in Vietnam. Was not aware of the moon
mission and landing until the next day on Black & White TV in the Officer's Mess.

Posted by Larry Burbank August 1, 09 05:37 PM

I took a motion pic 8mm of the landing, directly from the TV. I still look at it on occasion and get goose pimples every time. I hoipe my kids don't dump that film in the trash, when it's time to clean up after me. I think it's priceless.

Posted by John Perreault August 2, 09 12:46 AM

I worked at KSC for 30 years, and the proud moments of the Lunar landing will never be forgotten. Now it is time to go to Mars, make me proud again.

Posted by Robby Robinson August 2, 09 04:43 AM

My wife, Romayne, and I were on a boat ride on the Ohio River in Pittsburgh when this fantastic event occurred. All festivities ceased and every eye on board was glued to the large TV screen when Neil Armstrong took his historic walk!

Posted by Bill Lee August 2, 09 01:03 PM

How is it that we can look at these photo's of our planet, our home - and not find it in our hearts to unite and commit to sharing it peacefully?

Posted by micknn August 2, 09 04:35 PM

In July of 1969 I was a young Naval Aviator going through training at Cecil Field in Jacksonville Florida learning how to fly A4 Skyhawk single seat carrier based Attack Aircraft. Most people do not realize that in the 1960s when the Lunar Mission was planned and executed that the state of technology and the abilities of existing computers were very primitive compared to current times. Everything mathematical was probably figured out on a slide rule. Things like tradectory computations and burn times were not done on sophisticated computers. The Lunar Landing was an unbelievable accomplishment when you take into consideration what was available in the 60's. I am very proud to be an American!

Posted by Jim Cianci August 2, 09 10:24 PM

I am wondering why the "sea of tranquility", has not been classified as a historic landmark. doesnt that in itself make you wonder ??

Posted by Melvin August 3, 09 12:38 AM

I got enlisted as a regular soldier before my university studies at age 18 in Hungary in 1st September 1968. I spent 11 months in the Hungarian Peoples Army and during this year 5 Apollo missions happened. Apollo 7 in October, Apollo 8 at Christmas 1986, then Apollo 9 in March, Apollo 10 in May and finally Apollo 11 in July of 1969. During my army service as student before university years these five Apollo missions were great events and sent me pleasure for my studies later. I become planetary science teacher at Eötvös University, Budapest. Szaniszló Bérczi, associate professor, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

Posted by Szaniszló Bérczi August 3, 09 09:15 AM

Wow !!! The pics were amazing. I was a schoolboy then and saw only a few snaps in Life magazine , and heard the radio broadcasts.

Posted by Major Amitava Ghosh (Retired) August 3, 09 10:15 AM

Fantastic photo history. In the moon photos, why are there no stars in the sky?

Posted by Bill Davidson August 3, 09 11:17 AM

I was utterly enthralled by the whole US space program, but Apollo 11and it's hard-earned successes was truly humbling to us back on the ground. Looking at close-ups of the equipment and landing craft - they look like a child's 5th grade science project compared to what is possible today. These men were true pioneers AND heroes in the most literal sense. I am so gratefully to have grown up at the beginning of our space program and to witness some of the magnificent accomplishments mankind is capable of.

Posted by LMac August 3, 09 01:28 PM

The greatest human achivement of all times. Hundreds of years of scientific knowledge needed to put those two guys on the surface of the Moon. I was nine at that time, and remember every detail of the TV transmission and all the excitement of the moment.

Posted by Fernando August 3, 09 01:38 PM

I was extremely priveleged to design pyro systems for both the Saturn V launch vehic le and the Apollo Spacecraft.
Can you imagine the incredible excitement and sense of fulfillment as I watched the lunar landing? Never to be equalled in my life.
We must get our DNA (preferably in the form of explorers) off world to assure our survival after the remote but possible extinction event. be it asteroid, meteoroid or comet. Apollo was the first positive step

Posted by Space2525 August 3, 09 04:48 PM

I was 29 years old when this very important step in the progress of humankind took place. I watched it on my 17" "black & white" TV with my wife and 10 month old son who doesn't remember that.
As many others have stated, I think this will become a more celebrated and historically important event as the centuries roll on.

Posted by Ron Trampe August 3, 09 05:43 PM

I was at Monkey Mountain, RVN, waiting to retirn to Dong Ha when saw this on TV.

Posted by Al Erdmann August 3, 09 06:02 PM

This website is so wicked i got heaps of pics for my assignment and i dont believe how awesome the moon is and what the rocket actually looked like.

Posted by Jordan and Shayn August 3, 09 10:16 PM

I worked at Kennedy Space Center from May 16, 1966 to March, 1969 for TWA. I left to become a flight attendant. Everytime I saw a space launch, my knees went weak (if it was manned). The first Apollo launch I saw, I was at the closest point an employee was allowed to be to see it. It was spectacular! So big compared to all the other ones. Right near the end of my flying career in 1994, I was flying from FL to ATL and flew near KSC when there was a launch. I was like a little kid - so excited! To be IN THE AIR and see the Challenger take off - absolutely one of the best experiences of my life! I would have loved to have been able to go into space!

Posted by Karen Kennedy McBride August 3, 09 10:27 PM

I was 16 when Apollo 11 launched, believe me it was a fantastic site to see on tv.
President Kennedy was turning in his grave....

Posted by J. O'Connell August 4, 09 10:14 AM

Thanks for bringing back all those wonderful, old memories when virtually everyone in the world was glued to their TV sets watching this historic moment. I don't remember a lot of these images but they help tell this incredible story of what man can accomplish.

Posted by John Triebe August 4, 09 11:57 AM

Very Nostalgic.
I worked on the Lunar Module program in Bethpage N.Y. as a technician.
I spent many hours in each of the vehicles that were produced by Grumman Aircraft Corporation.

Posted by Steve Cacace, Jacksonville Fl. August 4, 09 01:20 PM

I was in Norway with a group of friends (Americans - about 12 of us) when this wonderful event happened. We were in a hotel way out in the country and it had only one television -- in the lobby. We were all gathered around it watching the moon launch but the commentary was in, of course, Norwegian and none of us were fluent enough to keep up. I took a picture, which I still have on a slide, of the launch. The next day we watched the landing. Given the grainy TV pictures we weren't totally sure what was happening so one man called his son -- long distance from Norway to Wauchula, Florida. (Maybe he called collect?) A unforgettable memory.

Posted by Linda VanderWilt, Green Cove Springs, FL August 4, 09 01:44 PM

My mother and I watched the TV coverage together. I recall her saying, "I'm so glad that I was still alive to witness this event." A year later she passed away.

Posted by Robert B. Keenan August 4, 09 05:05 PM

I wonder if anyone else has noticed that Buzz Aldrin, in the photo of him taking a picture while Neal Armstrong watches, is wearing a Boy Scout red jacket with the famous Philmont Bull sewed on the left chest. Thousands of fellow Scouts and Scouters are proud to wear the same jacket. God bless you, Buzz.

Posted by Patrick R. Glass, LTC, US Army (Retired) August 4, 09 06:44 PM

I was 9 in a North Carolina cabin at Lake Lure and watched this on a fuzzy B&W TV. but still remember it well. WOW!!!

Posted by wayne August 4, 09 11:41 PM

I remember that day very well, I got married on that day and we are still married today. Can't forget our anniversary with the Landing being published every year.

Posted by JHAyres August 4, 09 11:45 PM

I must say I am impressed that the nutcase ratio is much smaller than usual. Thanks for these great pictures, Alan.

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Posted by Gabby August 5, 09 07:42 AM

Good pictures. It's so refreshing to see such good photography from a time when NASA had leaders with balls and vision.


Posted by Stan Pengelly August 5, 09 11:24 AM

Thank you for the beautiful pictures. I remember the actual event well; an amazing time in the life of every American fortunate to be alive at that glorious moment in history. How can there still be people saying it was all a hoax? It was so obviously true, so obviously happening! Thanks again!

Posted by Barbara Jean Spinuzzi August 5, 09 12:05 PM

Many thanks for putting together such a good collection of large and clear photos covering the whole Apollo 11 mission.
When Armstrong first stepped on the moon, I was at school (first year of secondary school) and we all sat around the teachers table listening to his small transistor radio. Later that evening, we went around to my Grandmothers place to watch it on TV. The event was recorded live in Australia, where the film was quickly processed, before being flown to New Zealand by Air Force jet for transmission here on one of the very first nation-wide TV network links (something we take for granted now, along with even the small local TV stations having their own satellite dishes to re-transmit overseas programmes live) about 5 hours after it happened.
Reading all the comments about how great America is/was, during the time of the early Apollo missions, the head of the NASA non-manned space programme for quite a few years was from New Zealand.

Posted by Kevin Jensen August 6, 09 06:48 AM


Posted by TED W. HANNEGAN August 6, 09 02:10 PM

MERCI A TOUT LES ASTRONAUTES des missions lunaires de nous avoir fait rever et de nous avoir fait decouvrir la beaute de la Lune mais aussi de notre si belle planete bleue.

Posted by Etienne LEFEBVRE August 6, 09 03:57 PM

40 yrs ago, I was only 6 yrs old and don't remember much. My father worked at NASA at Moffett Field in Califonia and has wonderful memories of working on this mission. I have often have heard his stories on what happened that day and he tells the stories so well. I am planning on attending the MoonLight at the Ranch Fundraiser is this month, August 2009, in Santa Paula, CA where the Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin will be the honorary chairman. This will be a thrill to attend this event and meet this man my father has talked so much about.

Posted by Sandy Elliott August 6, 09 08:01 PM


Posted by VIANA FROM BRAZIL August 6, 09 09:17 PM

its strange that we would put we came in peace for all mankind on the plaque on the lunar surface, we didn't really come in peace we came to beat the Russians and it defiantly wasn't for mankind it was for American morale

Posted by Nathan August 6, 09 11:17 PM

Now, when we go back to the Moon, technology will allow anyone the ability of being there at that moment.

Back then, I was 21. The only thing we could do was wait for the Evening News.

It's going to be a big difference.

Posted by Joe Allison August 7, 09 12:16 AM

Apollo 11 couldn't have gone anywhere without us. I am one of the 400,000 who worked to put our astronauts on the moon. I am a lone woman aerospace engineer who worked on the S1-C stage of our beloved Saturn V. Had a partner. Can't find her. We are 1st women to work as aerospace engineers and the only ones working on the Saturn V. When Apollo 11 landed July 20th 1969, we screamed and we cried. We did it! We all made history. We changed the world. Contrary to popular belief, we did not work for NASA. There were 23,000 contractors.

Posted by Sara W Howard August 7, 09 12:57 PM

Great pictures! This was a very special time - I had just started to work for
Lockheed at NASA/JSC in Bldg. 4, the same building these Astronauts were in -
what a treat it was to see them in the cafeteria and going up and down the stairs.
I helped Glen Shepherd find his lost tie-tack on the stairs. We were so proud of
them. They all drove corvettes and we all marveled at them. Naturally I have a
big collection of these pictures and mementos of the Apollo flights - these I will
pass on to my Grandchildren. Thank you so much for this presentation.

Posted by Sue Neihart August 7, 09 04:23 PM

I remember watching this in awe and it was particularly relevant since my husbands grandfather and I had argued about whether they would ever be able to land on the moon. I turned out to be right, but he died before it happened. I was a college student during that time. I had my first child ( he was 3) when this happened and was soon to be expecting my second child. I remember putting it in my second child's baby book for events occuring before his birth. It was a wonderful achievement and we should all remember the greatness of America and support our great country!

Posted by Sandy Copeland August 8, 09 08:45 AM

it´s fantastic

Posted by Gleison August 8, 09 09:19 AM

I was astonished as I watched at the time, and with these marvelous pictures
I was even more impressed. My pride in America continues.

Posted by Al Smith August 8, 09 11:07 AM

What an amazing piece of history. Let's keep this going. This is stuff Americans should be proud of. We have come so far and have further to go. God Bless America!

Posted by Mary Kertatos August 8, 09 12:12 PM


Posted by GEORGE L. NAGLE August 8, 09 03:04 PM

Those were the days. Everybody worked as a team with one goal in mind. I along with Lenny Richie and Ted (Sorry Ted, my old mind cannot quite remember your last name) were the flight planners for this flight. I also organized the maps used. I have never worked with three finer people than Mike, Buzz and Neil. They were the hardest working people I have ever known.

I do not think we will ever again duplicate the excitement generated at the monment of landing. .

Posted by George Colton August 9, 09 06:51 AM

I was 12 at the time and can remember being gathered in our living room with the rest of my family. My father worked for Grumman which designed and built the LEM so the space program was always closely watched. I remember my father sitting in his chair with his eyes glued to the TV when Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon. His hands were folded under his chin and all he said was "we did it'. What I didn't probably see at the time was the tears running down his face.
I remember walking outside and looking up at the moon. I wish that my mind still held that sense of wonderment.

Posted by John Mecionis August 9, 09 07:26 PM

I was 17 at the time and living in the UK. Because of the time difference I struggled to stay awake to watch the landing & first walk. Alas I ended up watching the recording. When I reached adulthood I went into aviation as my profession, during that time I've managed to get Neil Armstrong's autograph ( didn't get to meet him personally ), but recently I met Buzz Aldrin when he came to my workplace at Edwards Airforce Base. A great guy, I will never forget that meeting, I was in total awe of him. It was a fantastic achievement, by a lot of people and three brave pioneering guys. Great photos.

Posted by Ian Brooks August 10, 09 01:27 PM

I was 25 years old and a few days earlier, had helped launch Apollo 11 at Kennedy. (As a matter of fact, I might be in one of those pre-launch photos.) What many people don't realize is that most of the front line engineers (hardware kickers, we called ourselves) doing the real work were in their mid to late 20's. A very exciting time, and I'm glad to see all the fuss over the 40th.

Posted by David Shomper August 10, 09 04:58 PM

My father was the first Canadian to work at the Cape back in 1958. I recall as a child watching launches from my bedroom window on Merritt Island. In the early days of the Space Program, astronauts were frequently seen jogging down Cocoa Beach. Great Pictures! In 1971 I was director of the Russell Kansas 110th Anniversary Celebration named "Post Rock to Moon Rock," commensurate with the lime stone used for fence posts & the traveling moon rock display in Russell for the duration of the celebration. My best regards to everyone.

Posted by Kevin McCarthy August 10, 09 07:33 PM

Wow, Thank you...somewhere our family has the reel to reel tapes and the photo prints from NASA Cleve. office. I love the research and the photos...!!!!! and thank you astronauts and NASA. You made my life! (I quietly dreamed of being the first woman on the moon giving haircuts)

Posted by sherry kack August 10, 09 11:16 PM

I was on board Qantas flight 596 to Los Angeles. Our flight was delayed from Sydney for 3 hours in July 1969,so we could be amongst the privileged few to watch the splashdown. we also could see the fiery trail of the command module left behind as it disappeared over the horizon. The trail was over a hundred miles long. We celebrated with champagne and today I still have the plaque presented to us to commemorate the event and is featured in the above pictures number 33. this part of my story is featured in my book on page being released now. You can view this on
Is there anyone else still around who was one of the 82 passengers aboard?

Posted by Lori D Cartagena August 11, 09 05:27 AM

I was 5 by those days, and these pictures are my most vivid (and cherished) memory of those times. Ever sinced wanted to be an astronaut (got as far as getting a pilot's licence though). I'm not american but I guess all mankind were American on that night :).
"A small step for man, a giant leap for mankind", but then we got stuck... Space travel was left for the machines and men stayed home, wasting energy on useless things... I often joke with younger guys when they get cocky at that "new generation" stuff that in "my time" we went to the moon and now they can barely fly in a "glorified glider" 400Km above the Earth... Come on people, let's get back to space.

Posted by João Branco August 11, 09 06:31 AM

I am sorry to have missed this event. I was 20 years old at the time and off in a land in Southeast Asia where news from the outside world was slow to arrive. We had no TV over there at all. The Stars and Stripes did have a cover story a few days after the actual event. When we returned to our base camp we heard talk of this exciting event but the war in Vietnam and actions in Korea wore heavy on our minds. Our men and women today have a much greater contact with the "world", as we used to call home. What magnificent accomplishment the lunar landing was, in my mind one of the greatest yet. Our astronauts are true heroes.

Posted by Mark E Brown August 11, 09 09:35 AM

As an avid "shutter-bug" I can appreciate this outstanding accomplishment. In just a distant future, the photographs outside our solar system will make Apollo so insignificant.

Posted by Joe Dabliz August 11, 09 10:21 AM

I was 21 years old, when Apolo II landed. What a historical moment in time.
So sad, seeing our heritage destroyed and not remembered and honored.
So glad to see this site.

Posted by Donna H Bryson August 11, 09 10:42 AM


Posted by c smith August 11, 09 11:11 AM

As I was finishing a graduate school degree, the night/morning was so thrilling to watch the moon landing and then the successful ascent back to the command ship. Born on July 20, believe me, it was the greatest of all birthday presents. I still have a new birthday present each year on that date remembering the glorious site of event. As I viewed these 40 pictures, I was reminded of all of the protection and guidance surrounding the Apollo 11 crew and gave thanks once more for the blessings bestowed upon them

Posted by Richard A. Sharkey August 11, 09 01:08 PM

It was my birthday and I was in the Canal Zone at an observation point above the Canal, the crossroads of the world, listening to the landing on the radio. Several hours later, there was the walk received on a very fuzzy TV. I thought at the time it was because we had bad reception and only years later realized everyone saw it that way! I will never forget it. It makes me so proud to be an American and realize what heroes these men are.

Posted by L. Taylor August 11, 09 08:48 PM

My husband worked on the Saturn 5 as an employee of Boeing in Huntsville at the time of the moon landing. We got our 3 year old son up from a sound sleep to watch the landing. He doesn't remember it, but can tell his grandchildren that he saw the first moon landing!!!

Posted by Nell Newton August 12, 09 12:01 AM

I was 8 years old back then living in another country but the amazing news caught my attention. I was always fascinated by the beauty and mystery of space and as a child I spend hrs observing the moon! I thaught back then that one day I am going to be walking on the moon, wishing to be the first woman who would do so. Well Iam 48 years old working in a medical lab and unfortunately I am not an astronaut but still interested in space . I am thankfull that mankind could progress itself so much and I am looking forward to new discoveries! And yes those pictures are amazing.!!!!!!!

Posted by Irene Papaleontiou August 12, 09 06:23 AM

I sat in a rocking chair holding my 7 wk old baby, Jessie, watching this event. It was amazing! An accomplishment Americans should never forget. Sadly, times have changed. Young folks don't know the half of our history! Stand up and be proud!!!! We did it!

Posted by clamb August 12, 09 01:01 PM

This is GREAT !!! A duplicate tape should be sent to every school. Today's young people probably have very little knowledge of what it has taken over the years to achieve the results we now accept just as "just another day at the office. Probably many of our younger teachers could benefit by this tape as well. Our young people should be made aware of the great country we all live in, and the leadership of America in exploration !!!

Posted by Eric Pietras August 12, 09 02:07 PM

I heard Presedent Kennedy tell the world we would land a man on the moon in the decade of the 60's. As all have said before this great counry stood tall those days as we pulled together and made this landing on the moon possible. Proud to be an American. God Bless this great country that we may continue to lead the effort for freedom for all of mankind.

Posted by Bruce England August 12, 09 04:14 PM

Now maybe we can get up the will and the guts to find a solution for universal health care, and put the same effort into doing it. Almost as big a feat as going to the Moon, and takes as much courage and spunk!!

Posted by Lt Col G. K Pickett, (retd) August 12, 09 06:41 PM

I can't believe this was 40 years ago, but like many others, we were glued to the TV watching this unbelievable accomplishment. God Bless America!

Posted by Nicholas Karay August 12, 09 09:01 PM

I thought those photos were amazing!!!

Posted by Anonymous August 13, 09 02:38 AM

It was a great day for us temporary (5 year) Grummanites doing Apollo and the Lunar module ground systems at launch complex 39A and B. After moving over from the Martin Company and the successful Gemini program, I was really geared up to do good things and continue to help pioneer with space programs such as SKYLAB, Titan III Centaur, Space Shuttle, and Commercial and DOD Satellites. After a tenure of some 45 years in and around the Space Coast, I now talk about those great and unique experiences at the Cape Canaveral Museum, and Patrick AFB Public Affairs tours..

Posted by Walter J. Starkey August 13, 09 11:02 AM

I was very proud to be part of the overall team. I worked for Boeing as part of the design team on the liquid Oxygen and Liquid Hydrogen fueling systems for the Saturn V vehicle at Launch Complex 39A and 39B. This was early in my career and started me on 35 years of Aerospace Engineering work. Appolo was the best and most interesting.

Posted by Thomas Duff August 13, 09 12:15 PM

I worked for IBM at the cape during the first part of this project. As I have read the comments of others, I find I agree with most, but I can't understand a few. It is true that JFK and other leaders wanted to "beat the USSR" to the moon. There were even some NASA and contractor workers who thought of the work as just another job. My memories of most of the people I worked with are different. We felt we were a part of history in the making. People wanted to do their very best, and we were doing it for our own, our employers and our countries honor. And yes, we did our best for all mankind. Even so, the USA can be proud of what we did.

Thanks to all who put this site togather.
Jack P. Downs - IU and Intergration Systems

Posted by Jack P. Downs August 13, 09 04:09 PM

I watched this wonderful landing in my grandparents house. I was 14 at the time. They were so proud of our country. I was in awe when the landing occured. My grand mother and grandfather were born in the late 1800's. This was a true wonder for them. My grandmother passed away the next year so I'm glad that she got to see this great event. GOD Bless America.

Posted by Sal August 14, 09 06:00 AM

In 1962 Boeing was contracted to design and manufacture the first stage (S-1C) in New Orleans,La.for the Apollo program;As a Quality Assurance supervisor, i with thousands of others was instrumental in assureing that all S-1C stages were 99.99999% A-OK. I was sent to the Cape for the first manned moon shot as Q.C. represenitive. I and My Family watched in awe as the stage lifted from the launch pad. The noise from the S-1C is undescribable and we all cheered and screamed.I am proud and thankful to be an American.It was a grand and great program and wonderful achievement. God bless United States and its people.

Posted by Philip Puglisi August 14, 09 09:29 AM

I was 16, at my first job at large, local restaurant. My little brother had been born just 18 days earlier and as I and others watched on a t.v. over the bar area...I marveled. I thought "I'll never forget this.... or my little brother's birthday."

Posted by Suzanne Hetland August 15, 09 02:08 PM

what a wonderful event for all mankind. gives us down here a look at what it woud be like to be an astronaut. God Bless them one and all.

Posted by doris August 16, 09 02:23 PM

God Bless our fine countrymen and God Bless America!

Posted by Patricia Throckmorton August 16, 09 09:17 PM

I was nine years old living in Rockledge, FL and remember this well. My dad worked for NASA at KSC then. I still remember watching the Apollos lift off, whether from home or when my dad got a pass to go see them from KSC. Great photos; really brings back memories.

Posted by Glen E. Ward August 16, 09 10:35 PM

It means nothing if we never go again...

Posted by Piondexter McSmash August 17, 09 03:15 PM

Los líderes del mundo no aprendieron nada de este mensaje, de lo que significó para la humanidad pisar suelo lunar, ser un ser humano el que estuvo allí, tan pequeño, tan insignificante y vulnerable en el universo. Si eso no sirvió para unirnos como planeta, si seguimos haciendo guerras entre nosotros, para qué queremos estar en el espacio?.

Posted by veronica August 17, 09 05:08 PM

I was a computer programming officer in the USAF, stationed at High Wycombe Air Station near London during this historic event. We had several friends over to watch, and the atmosphere was very thick with anticipation. There were so many things to go wrong, but the mission was error-free, and provided the world with a magnificent achievement. My wife was pregnant with our second child who was born Aug 20th, one month after the lunar landing. Maybe the birth would have been a little later without all that excitement one month before?

Posted by Ronald Cooper August 18, 09 10:04 AM


Posted by GEORGE L. NAGLE August 18, 09 11:41 AM

I had come to the Kennedy Space Center three Years earlier as a Senior Programmer Analyst working in the IT department of a contractor to NASA. Being able to see launches from the Center was a bonus that I'll never forget. Even though the current Shuttle launches are magnificent, nothing could compare with a Saturn V launch. Windows would rattle for a 20 mile radius. I've lived in this area for 43 years now and witnessed many launches, as well as the tragedies of the Apollo 1 fire, and the two Shuttle explosions. I don't think we'll ever see the day again where the whole country rallies behind the government for a common goal as they did in the early days of the Space Program .

the Space Program.

Posted by Lee Martines August 18, 09 01:37 PM

I was three years old and I will never forget my mother coming to get me and sitting me in front of our television. She said, "Suzi, watch this and never forget it." I never did. Thanks for the wonderful pictures. Suzi Rice

Posted by Suzi Rice August 18, 09 10:40 PM

When one watches the Anniversary footage, and looks over the Photos of the event, one can only stand in awe of the men & women involved in achieving one of mans earliest dreams- to reach beyond the stars! I was a young boy when it happened, & I like millions of others was woken up to see it on TV. The Earth-rise photo remains one of my all time favourites, and my "Before I Die" ambition would be to stand on the Moon and see that for real. Thanks for reminding me of the strenght of that ambition!

Posted by Nigel Bannister August 19, 09 08:37 AM

Last year I visited kennedy Space Center - USA & once again my memory flash me back to my age of around 7 when was concentrate & keen to see all film -photographs of first step to wards & on the moon of our three astronauts of NASA on the screen of Physical Rearch Laboratory - Ahmedabad - India.From that child age was much curious to visit moon but finally it ends to NASA & decided to visit once in life.
It was a great experience to see live telecast of journey towards moon from the earth in the presence of our great scientiests. And more excited when the rock specimens from the moon was laterly in PRL-INDIA for research base.
When I touched them & felt like moon touching

Posted by VANDANA August 19, 09 11:48 AM


Posted by Dean Papart August 19, 09 04:25 PM

It is the most previledge time of my life,at the age of 86, to have withnessed the progress that we have made, from the time of the horse and buggy to travel to the moon, and land physicly while leaving footprints as a threshold for the future generation.


Posted by Fernand J. Morin August 19, 09 06:52 PM

I was outside from my hotel in Naples Italy enjoying some Budweiser with
friends while waiting to hear those famous words, "The Eagle has landed."

Posted by Gary K. Titus August 20, 09 10:43 AM

I was at a moon party in SFO and everyone was glued to the TV set watching history being made. I shall never forget it.

Posted by pamela howell August 20, 09 01:38 PM


Posted by MISAEL August 20, 09 06:49 PM

I worked on the Lem Mission Simulator at Grumman and of course like all Grummanites remember the day of the landing of LEM on the moon very well.

Posted by Abraham Blum August 20, 09 07:45 PM

For 40 years I have had sitting on my desk a 35mm slide I took of the TV screen as Armstrong stepped to the moon's surface. Many years later I was teaching a CPR class at the Rockwell plant in Downey California and had the opportunity to see mock-ups of the Apollo spacecraft and the space shuttle.

Posted by Elliott Adelman August 21, 09 08:48 PM

WOW!!! I was 10 years dad made me come in from playing with my friends outside in the hot July heat of Utah to witness this historic event...I am so glad he did.

Posted by Craig Cross August 22, 09 12:27 AM

in 1969 I was eight; I remember watching the landing on TV and running outside and gazing up at at the moon and marveling that the astronauts were right there!! Just astounding and one of those childhood memories I will never forget. Let's go AGAIN!!!

Posted by workingman1 August 22, 09 08:58 AM

I was working in Stuttgart, Germany when Appolo 11 landed on the moon. I could'nt have been more proud to be an American when I read in the Stuttgarter Zeitung, "Der Mond Ist Yetz Ein Ami".

Posted by Gerald Worley August 23, 09 01:07 PM

As a sat in my home with my husband and children watching the landing on the moon I had a strong feeling of the world being for once united in an activity, for I was sure that anywhere in the world where a television was available the people would be watching the event.

Posted by Dorothy Dangerfield August 23, 09 09:55 PM

There is a story that the morning after Armstrong stepped on the moon, a guard at Arlington National Cemetary spied a small bouquet of flowers near the Eternal Flame at Kennedy's gravesite. Knowing that Jackie Kennedy had requested no flowers or other momentos be left at the site, the guard walked over and removed the flowers. In the flowers was a note that the guard stated had obviously been written by a small child. The note said, "Mr. President, the Eagle has landed." Not sure if this is true, but it still brings tears to my eyes every time I tell it.

Posted by rnds76b August 23, 09 11:04 PM

How sad that a great achievement like the Space program was pirated by LBJ who sought to steal a little of JFK's glory by swiping mission control and sending it to his home state of Texas. It should have stayed at Cape Canaveral where it all began. What a pathetic president.

Posted by Bruce Bluemel August 24, 09 12:43 AM

Great photos of a great adventure! I was 12, remember it well, and keep it for 10 years on my own website in honor. Have a look: (en).
Please keep this page for more on the internet! - Greatings to all of you, Andreas

Posted by CybersBase August 24, 09 04:46 AM

Another reason for us Americans beating our chest proudly. Thank God for the efforts of all who made this possible.

Posted by Paul Bolan August 25, 09 12:20 AM

I just finished looking at the wonderful photos and remembering listening to the radio at work and then watching the landing at home later. It was and still is so wonderlfully amazing that no words can express the marvel of it. It was and will be the greatest world event in our lifetime and we should thank all of those involved from the bottom of our heart. Leonardo Devinci and Galaleo must have been pleased from where they were watching and we know all of heaven smiled!

Pat Kreiling, Kansas City, MO. Aug.25. 2009

Posted by Pat Kreiling August 25, 09 01:37 AM

How brave these men are to venture into the unknown like they did.
Wonderful pictures.

Posted by Sam Sgambellone August 26, 09 01:54 AM

What was a wonderful moment I've never forgotten when I did have a chance to watch this event on a black TV back there in my country in VN when I was in my teenaged age. 40 years has passed but I still feel that this remarkable moment just happened yesterday. God blesses America and God blesses USA... Calif. 090826.

Posted by Alphie B. August 26, 09 05:31 PM

Apollo's mission is our stepping stone in our quest to find an Exoplanet. So far, Our findings of "Gliese 581 d" being the nearest Exoplanet (thou not in the habitable zone). Hopefully will be consistered old news with a New Exoplanet in the near future.......And I do mean near.......Anyhow Fantistic Photos! Sharp and clear. Sucking up a lot of mega-bits on my computer.......but worth it. Let's hop on the next (NFTV) Nuclear fisioned transportationed Vehicle and Fly...........................................................................................................................................................................

Posted by Stephen Murphy August 26, 09 07:20 PM

I was 21 years old and taking a trip thru Europe when all this happened. Everywhere you turned, newspapers T.V, radio was abuzz with the news of the Americans on the moon. It was a great moment for the USA in the eyes of the entire world.

Posted by Wilfred Sanchez August 30, 09 09:55 PM

It was great working on all of the lunar missions. Many truly dedicated workers, with God's help, made them happen. All missions were a great success.........

Posted by John Walker August 31, 09 11:00 AM

I watched in awe and went outside to look at the moon. My baby was born that year and the biggest event in her baby book. My husband and my mother went to bed and I watched it all by myself as it was at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. One of the highlights of my life now that I am 72.
I keep praying for Peace on Earth especially after viewing all these magnificient pictures. Thanks to God for giving man the ability to do this. Thanks for giving me the chance to say a few words.

Posted by Joni Bittiner Powers August 31, 09 12:37 PM

We were in Scotland visitng my wife's family. I stopped at a small Post Office to buy some stamps. The man operating the P.O. said, 'You are an American. You must see this. I will lock up and we will hurry to my house and we can watch it."
I will never forget that.

Posted by Dave Johnson August 31, 09 10:18 PM

This was the old days when being a American gave you goose bumps and you were proud to have that title. I was there during these times. What has happened. Can we even do such a Great thing anymore?

God was good to us I hope he continues to smile on us.

Posted by Jay Hammerle September 1, 09 08:23 AM

One of the very few highlights of late where the average citizen of our once great country can proudly state, "Proud to be an American"! I hereby so state. And may God hold our hand.

Posted by W.A."Bill" Cowan, TSGT USAF Retired September 1, 09 10:42 AM

I was 32 years old when this terrific day occured,I worked for Grumman aerospace that time,and we built the LEM.What a proud day that was for all of us at Grumman.It seems like it was only yesterday,Thanks for giving me a chance to relive that day.

Posted by Dick Pinney 101711 September 1, 09 08:17 PM

It was a great time in our history and one that should never be forgotten

Posted by Vaughan Goldsberry September 2, 09 01:45 AM

Some men look to the heavens in Awe. The heavens look at these men in amazement.

Posted by Harlan Gilbert September 2, 09 02:28 AM

I was up on the Lochsa/Selway rivers, Idaho, camping with my wife and two young boys when the moon landing occured. Reception on my radio was poor and as I passed the camp beside me a masculine voice asked how the landing was going. I answered that the reception on my radio was poor and sound sporadic. The voice said....'bring it over here, I'll fix it." He then asked his wife to bring him a fork and she replied, "oh, you're not going to ruin another fork I hope!" The fellow fixed the radio, reception was clear and we all listened to the moon landing together late at night, beside a glowing fire in the North Woods of Idaho. Oh...the fellow who "fixed" the radio? A physics professor from the University of Idaho.

Posted by Dennis Breckner September 2, 09 02:56 AM

The National Museum Wales has recently plotted the specimen of Moon Rock on display at the museum to the exact location it was collected from, using a kml file that opens in Google Moon, the url to the file is:

and the kml file is:

Posted by Graham Davies September 2, 09 07:18 AM


Posted by H. WILLIE WILLIAMS September 2, 09 05:00 PM

I had just move to Australia with my family, I was 11. The school brought the only TV available into one classroom for the whole school to watch. I will never forget the moment of the landing; the classroom erupted in spontaneous applause and cheering. Being the only American in the room I felt a huge sense of pride especially when they all started patting me on the back and congratulating me, as if I had done it myself. A truly ineffable moment.

Posted by Mitchell Sherry September 4, 09 10:46 AM


Posted by BOB FERRETTI September 5, 09 09:30 AM

We, who are alive today, should never have to worry any longer about whether or not.........anythng !
Our God in Heaven has permitted we Americans to explore the
Universe........when and if prepared enough......
Otherwise it would have been a success--------as it surely is !

Posted by Raymond J van Giesen September 5, 09 05:24 PM

I was 27 years old and in the prime of my life just married and working for The Flying Tiger Line @ Cold Bay,Ak as an Avionics Tech and Maintence Rep..I was very impressed by all this.I later fulfilled my goal to be a pilot and retired as an International Captain with (Western )Delta Airlines.This was one of my life events that told me I could do anything I put my mind to.Thanks to all of you that helped this to happen starting with President Kennedy and ending with the Apollo 11 Crew!

Posted by Charlie Sherman September 6, 09 04:05 PM

I was working for TWA at KSC as Supervisor of Air Conditiong during this and many othe great avents from 1964 thru 1972.
Prior to this I had worked as a Technician in 1956 for Burns and Roe Inc.on the Bomarc project, In 1958 I worked for General Dynamics on the Atlas project, and Lockheed Missile and Space on the Polaris, and Agena Space Craft.
Then in 1962 with Burns and Roe at White Sands, and Kwajalin in the Marshall Islands on the Nike Zeus project.
I would not trade the experiences I have had working in the Missile and Space business for anything else I can think of in this world.

Posted by Harold G. Brown September 6, 09 04:35 PM


Posted by Anonymous September 7, 09 12:35 PM

I was a young aerospace engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State College(1955) and a Master of Science degree from Wichita University(1962). I had served 4 years as Naval Aviator and three years as Flight Test Engineer on the B-52 with Boeing. This experience put me in the right place and the right time to be chosen by Boeing to be part of a team selected to go to Huntsville AL to work with NASA and Wernher von Braun to evaluate the the first five instrumented flights of the Saturn V, the launch vehicle for the lunar landing. This assignment was the most fulfilling of my entire career.

Posted by Karl Hagenau September 7, 09 01:12 PM

I was 10 yrs old at the time of the landing...I remember going out at night and thinking WOW there are men up there walking around!
It still gives me goose bumps.

Posted by alison September 8, 09 12:04 AM

I was 32 at the time. By then, I had worked for NASA as part of the Spacecraft Operations and Checkout team at the Kennedy Space Center for 6 years. We knew the crew of Apollo ll and worked with them routinely. I was in the Lunar Module checkout control room at KSC at the time of the Eagle landing. We were looking at the same data stream as Houston Control, watching fuel quantities deminish to next to nothing just before touchdown. This was surely the most exciting of my many memorable experiences in my 41 years with NASA. July the 20th was the exact date of my marriage to Barbara Ann Maerk 6 years earlier, which at that time was said to be a date of great astronomical significance. Yes, it surly was.

Posted by Roland E. Norris September 8, 09 12:27 PM

It was a wonderful time to be alive. I worked in impact and decelleration studies in support of the Apollo program, testing the integrity of the Apollo three man couch system and later doing studies on the centrifuge at Brooks AFB. Running the second group of Astronauts through our Apollo 15 G reentry profile was a highlight; especially Mattingly whose toughness was impressive. Having lunch with Chuck Yeager, Scott Carpenter and Dr Hubertus Strughold at the International Space conference in San Antonio was truly a memorable event. William K Brown MD, PhD

Posted by William K Brown MD,PhD September 8, 09 12:33 PM

My daughter was going to be 1 year old on August 20, 1969. My mother, who worked for the Michigan Department of Aeronautics, coaxed little 11 month old Trace to take her first steps on the same day that astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man ever to set foot on the moon. I will never forget that day, for either event.

Posted by Marjorie Powers Schneider September 8, 09 04:44 PM

Brings back wonderful memories, and reasons to be proud of the USA.

Posted by June Rempel September 8, 09 04:55 PM

I was in the Navy as a Corpswavestationed in jacksonvlle,Fl.It was very amazing.Thanks for the pictures.Brought back a lot of memories.

Posted by Judy Hartung September 9, 09 02:33 AM

I was 24 & so proud of this NATION what a great pleasure in seeing this again ! How we are changing now but what is still possible in our country God Bless America !!

Posted by George A Strutzel Jr September 9, 09 04:05 PM

It's great working on the US Space Programs and having met and worked with men and women that work on the Apollo Program. Thanks for the Memories.

Posted by Dennis Reeves September 11, 09 09:51 PM

I enjoyed working on the Apollo Program with many friends that I met at MSFC, AL. All workers were so dedicated to make it a great success for our nation. I had the opportunity to go to KSC with the first Redstone Missile that was shipped from MSFC and continued in the support of NASA Programs - Shuttle and International Space Station. Boy! it has been Great....

Posted by John A. Walker September 12, 09 11:59 AM

It's a good work, May God bless you.

Posted by Pr. Bagonza Robert September 13, 09 01:52 PM

I interviewed(WSIR Radio, Winter Haven, Florida) Neil Armstrong's sister the day he landed. She told me he used to climb out on the roof of their home and say "one day I am going to the moon!"
He did.

Posted by Jane Pierce September 14, 09 11:52 AM

I'm an Australian .I was 13 and in second year of high school ,at the time of the landing .We were sent home from school to watch the event on TV.
An event I will never forget .
Happy 40th anniversary of the moon landing.
God bless all who were involved.
We must go back sometime and do it again before I pass on.

Posted by Kevin Brenton September 16, 09 04:02 AM

When I was in 7th grade all I remember seeing are pictures of the VAB (Vertical Assembly Building) at KSC in some old Encyclopedias. I was into space at that time. Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs....I knew all about the Apollo program. That's all I could think about from then on, Aerospace/Human Spaceflight. Now I work for The Boeing Company, in the Space Shuttle program.....and I am still thrilled about space!

Last year I got my chance to see the VAB up front and personal, I must have taken over 30 pictures. We spend most of the day inside, exploring at different levels and made it to the top floor...the VAB's attic. It is dark way up there, a few lights, the machinery looks small. What a thrill, I couldn't stop smilling. My dream came true.

We also made it to the roof of the VAB, outside. What a thrill... the memories will never be erased. Space is so much fun, highly technical, detailed......but so much fun. I love my job.

Posted by Louis E. Cano September 16, 09 12:42 PM

Just out of college, I worked for The Boeing Co. in New Orleans, La building the first stage (S1C). I was an Electronics Engineer working in the telemetry group responsible for the telemetry transmitters on the S1C. My lead man was Wayne Davidson, supervisor was Gene Byers and the big boss was Henry Runkle?. Some of these guys may not be with us anymore. I was at the Cape supporting some of the launches, including Apollo 11 and have many similar pictures which were made available to contractors and employees. These were some of the best and proudest days of my life. I am honored and proud to have worked with so many dedicated and talented people who made the moon landings possible. It was a great time for America and hopefully we will be there again someday.

Posted by Patrick Darby September 16, 09 03:13 PM

God is Great. He is indescribable. The moon is so big and other planets are too. This is the only planet people got to,,, God is just beyond imanginary. How mighty and big is God! He made the Whole unverse.

Posted by Min Sik September 17, 09 06:56 AM

At 17, I was thrilled and excited about the future accomplishments that our country was destined to achieve for the world. Unfortunately, greed and and power struggle over binding our society to oil have completely squelched our technilogical advancement. When will the peoples of the world unite and allow technology to flourish and provide for peaceful coexistence. Why havent we developed new energy sources? It is a shame so much has been squandered over these 40 years.

Posted by John P. Johnson, Jr. September 19, 09 12:36 PM

I turned 21 when they splashed down. Ah, how well I remember. Great pics! Wonderful memories of an event of history. Thanks for great scrapbook of pics!

Posted by Marilyn September 20, 09 03:36 PM

I was serving with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Mobile) near Hue, Vietnam when I heard Neil Armstrong's famous words, "One small step for man -- One giant leap for mankind" over the Armed Forces radio network. I was so proud of what our great country had accomplished.

Posted by LTC Dorsey Kimbrell, USAR Retired September 21, 09 05:44 PM

I was among the team who actually designed the software for landing on the moon. We had great experience! i could remember that we wokred for 20 Hrd aa day for getting that stuff work.
We had pamela and angelina with us working all night.

thanks Pam & Ange... You really deserve the success for working hard in night..

Posted by Prah Countryad September 22, 09 06:02 AM

I was working at the General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton CT on the Fleet Ballsitic Missile (FBM) Program for one of the Missile Weapons System prime contractors when Appolo 11 made its journey to the moon. My family and I watched the landing on the moon with a co-worker and his wife. Its an event I still remember.

Posted by Charles Stefan September 24, 09 11:55 AM

I came aboard in June of 1966 with General Electric (Electrical Design Contractor) and one of my first projects supporting the NASA Program Office was the installation of cameras on the Launch Tower. Looking back I sometimes think how honored I was to have been here, not realizing at the time, of the very small part of history that I was involved in. And here I am, approximately 43 years later, involved in another phase of history in the making. My career in support of the space program has been a very exciting and rewarding opportunity. The Apollo days were a very fun time.

Posted by Ira L. Kight, Jr. September 25, 09 12:55 PM

Neal Eaton and I are pilots. We will be 89 in December. We took his Cherokee 140 and two relatives and flew down to Titusville. The FBO
there put us in his van and took us to stand on an overpass to have a great view of the takeoff. WE had left home too excited to take cameras!
Dr. Howard T. Gilchrist, Abbeville, S.C.

Posted by September 27, 09 06:21 AM

Liz: I am amazed at your ability to transcribe these wonderfull descriptions of great acomplishments ov NASA in the scintfic world. Keep them coming. Will see you in November when the Blue Angels come home to roost. We are fading into the sunset but memories of the past persist
Swede Larson

Posted by Bill Larson September 27, 09 11:03 PM

I joined RCA Missile Test Project at Cocoa Beach FL to analyze navigation systems on the Apollo tracking ships. What a great period that was, and I'm so proud to be part of its history! I earned my master of science degree in Space Technology at Florida Institute of Technology, founded by Dr. Jerome Keuper, who previously headed the Technical Analysis Dep't. at RCA, and wanted a top-grade university to educate space program engineers and scientists. A friend gave him 37 cents bar change, and said, "Jerry, here, start your university!" Florida Tech,, has just passed its 50th anniversity due to the vision of Jerry Keuper and those who followed him.

Posted by Frank R. Leslie September 29, 09 11:08 AM

When they landed on the moon I was a Jolly Green Giant rescue helicopter pilot in Vietnam with six days to go before coming home after a year away from home and family. The war stopped for a couple days. Everybody on both sides watched. Nobody shot at anybody. I blame everyone involved in the Apollo flight for getting me home intact. Thanks all of you for the beautiful, awe inspiring flight and for me.

Posted by Paul Davis September 29, 09 11:45 AM

After all of these years, the event still rates the exclamation Walter Cronkite made during the first moon broadcast on CBS --- WOW!

Posted by Mike Weikle September 30, 09 10:52 AM

I was part of all of this as a tech for Grumman, builder of the Lunar Module. It was a great exciting time in my life and in my family's as well. We think often of those early days of the race to the moon, when my youngest child thought I was going to the moon every day that I left for work.

Posted by Tom Olson September 30, 09 12:03 PM

I think these ar super pictures. Thanks for sending them to me.

Posted by Jack S. Trivette September 30, 09 06:38 PM

JFK called us to a "higher" mission, to put a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. A week before he was assassinated, President Kennedy visited the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Center and my father got to shake his hand.

On January 22, 1968 I was a Freshman at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Many of us slept in cars around a bonfire in Indian River City, across from Merritt Island and the launch complex. We watched the launch of Apollo V. It featured the first test of the Lunar Module, transported by a Saturn-1B booster rocket. I was standing on the roof of my Renault Dauphine during the launch. The sound was so physical, beyond just noise, that the roof collapsed under me.

When Apollo 11 lifted off, my buddies and I were paddling our surfboards across Port Canaveral Inlet to be as close as possible to the launch. It was an unforgettable view of history in the making. I watched the coverage of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon in the TV lounge of Carson hall at Stetson University.

Strong memories.

Posted by Steve Berry September 30, 09 10:54 PM

Picture number 1 beautiful but its wrong. It is sideways.
When they orbited the moon they did it along its equator not its axis. Therefore the "rising of the earth" was seen from around the side of the moon. Not over the top.
Details, details. :)

Posted by Dan October 1, 09 09:34 AM

It was a great time working Apollo and living in Cocoa Beach. I was a Supervisor for the Grumman Calibration Lab supporting Lunar Module. The entire Country was focussed on every launch. There was tremendous national pride and an unsurpassed dedication to the space program. President Kennedy saw human spaceflight as America's destiny. As a lifelong Democrat, WWII Veteran, with a 45 year career in aerospace, my sincere hope is that our new administration shares that same vision. I'll see you all at Ramon's, Bernard's Surf, Mousetrap, Samoa or Lee Caron's

Posted by Ray "The Chief" Polniak October 1, 09 09:47 AM

Magnificent project. God bless America.

Posted by Leonard Wood October 1, 09 12:09 PM

great pictures. thanks barbra

Posted by Anonymous October 1, 09 11:55 PM

Beautiful Pictures...I'm no Rocket Scientist, but the bottom left of picture # 19 looks like lunar tire marks. I was two years old at this time, no rememberance of the actual event. Thank you for taking the time to preserve one of our greatest moments in History

Posted by Anonymous October 2, 09 11:02 AM

this are good photos

Posted by Anonymous October 2, 09 01:37 PM

the photos was so cool!!! I just hope we go back to the moon and keep the space center going.? we are the leaders in space and we need to keep on leading. and go back to do what we do best is going to the moon and beyond god bless america

Posted by kenny mitchell October 2, 09 03:19 PM


Posted by John Davis October 3, 09 11:49 PM

Please keep Space center going. We need jobs

Posted by Cecelia Crossley October 4, 09 12:43 PM

I was in the Navy at the time and we were all watching, excited, and very proud of the astronauts and our country..

I couldn't believe it when I heard that Whoppi Goldberg, on the view, recently was claiming the whole thing is a government hoax or conspiracy because she can't figure out how they got a picture of the first step onto the moon because somebody would have had to have been there to take the picture. Go figure.

Posted by PJ October 4, 09 09:36 PM

I was waiting in line at 6 Flags over Texas to get on the Log Ride and watched it on TV...

Posted by rod medlin October 5, 09 11:45 AM

I had an original copy of an audio tape of that famous day when man 1st stepped on the moon and those words that Neil Armstrong spoke. Now I've given it to my son as a gift. We've seen a lot, no doubt about it.

Posted by Mike Rumping October 5, 09 06:56 PM

I remember this so well. As a sophomore in high school, the principal requested all students go to the auditorium to watch the first man land on the moon. How excited we all were to be a part of history in the making. Great memories and thanks for sharing. God Bless America!!

Posted by Helen October 5, 09 07:30 PM

I'm sure we could do it now with the brilliant RoHS directive from the Europeans. I can see the headline now: "Moon explorers killed by tin whiskers on their electronic circuits because a green politician decided lead was bad."

Posted by Alexa Iverson October 5, 09 09:46 PM

Breath takeing, awsom, beautiful, a ift from God.

Posted by Cpt. T.V.Warnick USAFR October 6, 09 11:25 AM

Wouuuuuuuuu yes---it brings memories back ,,I'was in Germany at he time to visit with my Parents. Everybody could not believe what our Astronauts accomplished. Congratulations America! God bless our Countries!

Posted by Helmi October 6, 09 01:31 PM

"Totally Breathtaking." Awesome. America needs to revive its space exploration. We need something positive in this country.

Posted by R Smith October 6, 09 04:02 PM

I was a huge fan of Robert Heinlein, the science fiction writer, and I remember that he was honored by being in the NASA control room during some part of the voyage to the moon. His writing had inspired so many people (esp. kids bec. he wrote a whole set of juvenile sci fi books that featured kids who were good at math and science and interested in space exploration as I was). I heard him being interviewed on the radio - it was either when they were first taking off or while the landing was happening.

I was home for summer vacation from college and my family and I were driving across the country. We were in St. Louis and went near/under the arch while listening to coverage of the moon expedition on the radio. My father said we should all remember where we were because this was a historic event. The whole scene seemed perfectly symbolically all-American to me - we were in the middle of the country near this huge arch while the moon shot was happening.

Posted by Ginny Bales October 7, 09 02:05 AM

It was the summer after my freshman year of high school. I was at girl's camp in the White Mountains of Arizona and listening to the radio. There were 4 of us gathered around that little box amazed at what we were hearing. I walked outside and peered into the clear night sky. I stared at the moon in wonder. I will never forget it.

Posted by sclarkkemsley October 7, 09 05:29 PM

In the late '60's, I was a financial administrator at Kennedy for North American Rockwell, the prime NASA contractor for the Command & Service modules on the spacecraft.
The grandeur, majesty and historic nature of those events of 1969 are still just as impressive in our memories to this day. But, I brought away from my 12 years in the Aerospace program the memories of the many people with whom I was privileged to work. We were all just kids! Most were under 30.
At Dynatronics, Inc., in Orlando, in the early '60's, we developed and manufactured some of the telemetry equipment which today is still in operating condition on the moon. Randy Brown, the Project Leader was 25 years old!
Young people today are just as or even more capable of the same achievements. The only thing they need is motivation and the LIBERTY to excel.
It's up to us old timers to make sure they get it.
Thanks for such a wonderful effort to bring back these memories.

Gil Robert

Posted by Gil Roberts October 7, 09 06:16 PM

I was 17 and worked in Sydney for Australia's international communications carrier. I was in the middle of my term break (work experience) and I was asked to assist with the wiring for the NASA control centre for the Apollo 11 mission. It switched the video and audio from Parkes and Honeysuckle Creek to feed the rest of the world. I was back at college on the big day and watched the black and white images with some small amount of pride in my small contribution to the video from the moon. These days I help with space outreach and education through our website. Echoes of Apllo even created "World Moon Bounce Day" to celebrate the Apollo mission. Many of the world big dishes bounce radio signals off th emoon to allow people to chat to each other "Jamboree of the Air" style. Apollo 8 astronaut and part of the Apollo 11 standby crew, Bill Anders talked to us via the moon this year. It is obvious that my participation in the moon landing communications had a profound effect on me.


Posted by Robert Brand October 7, 09 11:55 PM

Amazing! TV from the moon in 1969!!!!! Why wouldn't I be proud to be an American? America is more than a geographical location or a collection of diverse people who immigrated from other lands over the past 200+ years. It's a state of consciousness, a state of mind and even a state of heart. The key word in our country's name is "united". There is strength in unity. Two things that stood out for me: 1) The child-like innocent smile on Neil Armstrong's face inside the lunar module just after walking on the moon and 2) The plaque's wording that says "...we came in PEACE for ALL MANKIND." We knew this was for ALL humans. Yes, God bless America indeed!

Posted by Ron Misik, USA October 8, 09 12:24 AM

The moon that orbits was gouged out of the Earth by an immense impact with another remnant of this solar system's building material. The Pacific Ocean is the scar that remains. I thought those guys are going to find seashells and starfish fossils!

Posted by Brian Duggan October 8, 09 09:11 AM

I was in grade school (4th Grade) here in Wichita Ks in 1969. I was in the library when our teacher announced that we've landed on the mood and she turned the radio on. Even at that age, I understood that history was beeing created. What a wnderful time the 70's were.

Posted by Murn A.J. Miller Jr. October 8, 09 10:35 AM

It is my great pleasure to say that my friend, Phil Giovanni, was part of the Hornet's crew that recovered the spacecraft. Congradulations to the United States Navy for their part in our history. Anchors Away!

Posted by James W. J. Johnson October 8, 09 10:54 AM

where is the star?

Posted by hoaxmaker October 8, 09 04:24 PM

I am a personal friend of the Philo T Farnsworth family. He was awarded the original electronic television patents (Not RCA as is sometimes sated) from the work he did in 1927. Philo and his wife Pem (both now deceased) watched the lunar landing from their home in Salt Lake City. The TV images broadcast back to earth used a miniature version of his Image Disector tube.
As Armstrong stepped onto the moon Phil looked over to Pem and said "Pem this has made it all worthwhile".

Posted by Dave duffin October 8, 09 06:38 PM

I was dealing craps at Harold's Club in Reno Nevada & watched it on one of the TV's in the Casino. Harold's Club gave out "moon shot" glasses for the 1 hour that they walked on the moom. I still have 7 of those glasses. It was a moment in history that ALL AMERICANS WERE PROUD of what america had accomplished. I still am. God bless America.

Posted by Curtis B. Smith Jr October 10, 09 02:48 PM

What great pictures. I was 29 years old, on vacation in Orange Beach, AL, at the time of the landing and we took an old black and white TV with us to the cottage in which we were staying so we could watch it all. Still remember it as if yesterday, Thanks to whomever is responsible for making the wonderful photos available on the net. God bless America!

Posted by Bob Tidwell October 10, 09 02:51 PM

I was a plebe at USMA... the hazing and the training stopped and everybody was glued to the TV, enthralled and joyous, overshadowing the mundane, showing us what we could do if we stayed upbeat and focused. That feeling still lasts... although certainly could use a boost. On to Mars!

Posted by Sam October 10, 09 07:33 PM

40 years on, have we moved moon high or still down on earth?

Posted by B. Mirza October 11, 09 12:40 AM

I remember being 8 months pregnant (with our second child - Amy Catherine) at the time -- living at my mom and dad's house until we could move into our own home -- what a wonderful experience -- our other child, Sara Beth, was only 2 and we tried to impress upon her what a special moment this was -- too bad, she fell asleep and missed this most spectacular experience. We were all "glued" to the TV watching in black and white -- WOW -- something I'll NEVER forget, we (my husband, mom and dad ) were all absolutely mesmerized -- Cannot believe it was 40 years ago! Never thought it would be a momentous moment in history!!

Posted by Elaine M. Quinlan October 11, 09 03:18 AM

I had been recently hired by the FAA as an Aviation Safety Inspector and was in Milwaukee, WI. I took a picture of our television just as Neil Armstrong took the first step on the moon. I still have that picture. Look at where we are now and the impact our space program has had on the world technology, especially in the field of electronics.

Posted by Ron Nelson October 11, 09 08:32 PM

I was 10 years old when I sow this 3 heroes landing in the moon. Now watching these pictures, I'm feeling great emotion. I'm having a feeling that I'm landing in the moon with them today.

I love to see that


Posted by Fernando Lopes October 12, 09 05:52 PM

I was 11 years old, just out of the 5th grade when this was all going down. I remember that evening watching the news with my dad and him saying (look boy, we did it). Even though I was only 11, I remember many life changing events in 1969. I say AMERICA, keep pushing on. May GOD Bless America.

Posted by Mark Beard October 12, 09 08:24 PM

Thanks for the pictures. As I looked at the firing room picture, I tried to remember who sat where and how many were still alive. I worked on the launch pad during all the Apollo missions for IBM. We had the contract for the IU (Instrument Unit) It was the stage between the Mc Donnel Douglas stage (SIVB) and The Grumman Lander. And for all you doubters out there it REALLY HAPPENED.

Posted by Jim Rivers October 13, 09 01:00 PM

I was the flight test project engineer for the Titan II Program and provided support to the Gemini Program. I was so excited about the Apollo landing that I went out and got my first color TV set. But, the Apollo II landing was in black and white. Thank you for your pictures.

Posted by Alan Schaefle October 13, 09 02:20 PM


Posted by LT COL GLENN DEAVERS USAF, Ret October 13, 09 02:53 PM

Thanks for the pictures and memories! Not many people alive in '69 will ever forget the feelings those events brought to proud Americans. This is some great nostalgia. And, to add to others' comments, I feel sorry for those who choose to not believe. One only has to witness a launch or recovery to be a believer. THIS STUFF IS REAL.

Posted by Bob Luke October 13, 09 04:04 PM

What kind of car is that the astronauts are riding in?

Posted by Joe Simpkins October 13, 09 04:49 PM

WOW What memories-I was 15 yrs.old living in Miami,FL.I remember watching the whole event. I also remember my grandparents taking me to Kennedy. We drove out very close to the lift off site(with a tour). It was during testing and preparation for an upcoming event. I don't think I have ever heard anything quite so loud!!!.And so large-everything was awe inspiring... How wonderful to be able to have that memory of such a great time in history.How wonderful to be able to relive it now....Thank you and God bless us all.

Posted by Kate Miller October 13, 09 07:30 PM

I was approximately 180 nautical miles SSW of Bermuda in a 40 ft. sloop, on a passage from the West Indies to New York, listening to the moon landing on the radio. I envied those three astronaut's adventure of a lifetime and admired the incredible technology that made it possible.

Posted by Art Poultney October 14, 09 10:31 PM

These are GREAT photos!! 40 yrs ago, at age 31, I viewed this memorable event on TV plus recorded All audio on 7" tape reels that hide somewhere in my old home. I also have 6 Polaroid TV screen photos that were bad, but best I could do. Neil's step onto the moon put chills up my back. One year later I contacted Hepatitus (5-wks), a close brush w/death & quit smoking 1-yr+1 day later on July 21, 1970. Two high points in my life I shall never forget & always be thankful for both. Thanks again...RW

Posted by Roy M. Wilder October 14, 09 10:53 PM

Wow,,,what can I say,,,It still boggles my mind to think something as great as this really happened. If it hadn't been for their courage and an
ever present GOD,,it would have never happened. GOD bless us all.

Posted by Dean Parpart October 15, 09 11:05 AM

I was almost 6 when this took place and remember it well. This trip took a far bigger step for mankind than most stop to think about. NASA since that great day in history has come out with some of the most amazing technology ever invented that has enhanced our lives. We communicate quicker, and in a lot of ways are a healthier nation because of technology, just to name a couple. So thank you God for giving us the knowledge and opening up our understanding & NASA and all the astronauts for being willing and brave to take this big step for all of humanity. May God Bless us ALL!

Posted by Melissa Kerlin October 15, 09 03:54 PM

I was younger then but I remember those days like it was yesterday,the lift off,the long ride to the moon orbit,the seperation then the landing on the moon,something I will always remember it and I`m very forgetful in this stage of my life..Thank you very much for the wonderful pictures that has recharged by life during those days back in time..

Posted by James M Douglas October 16, 09 10:46 AM

this is awsome................... its my dream come true.

Posted by ally October 16, 09 08:48 PM

Just great-i got to work on the mighty Saturn and test the Lunar rover so the pictures have a special meaning. A fantastic ,complicated mission that appeared to be flawless.

Posted by Robrt L. Kiliz (The Boeing Co.) October 17, 09 06:28 AM

The day of the landing, I was on a jet heading to Lima, Peru. The pilot announced the landing - it was pretty special!

We got home in time to watch the first steps live on TV. A few days later, we watched the splashdown.

Before we left Peru in 1970, the moon rocks had come through on their world tour. Exciting times!

Posted by Glenn October 17, 09 11:02 AM

I had just graduated from high school in a very rural area of southern Ohio. My grandfather's house didn't even have indoor plumbing, much less a TV. So, with unbridled excitement, I ran to the barn to tell him that we just landed on the moon. He slowly turned around and gave me that sheepish Chesire grin and said "Debbie, them hollywood directors can do anything and make it look real!" I responded "Huh?" But, he was serious and never did believe it! That was my first lesson in DENIAL. :)

Posted by Debbie October 17, 09 08:08 PM

Apollo 11 was exciting! I remember telling my dad, from long distance on the phone,"You better be watching this!" He said, "I am!" Too bad they fried the color camera,once they got on the surface; that,s why the surface movies are bl/wh. Apollo 8 was the one that REALLY excited me; I couldnt wait till they went into orbit Christmas Eve, henceforth the name,"Lunar Christmas" it became known as. When the Pathfinder lander landed on Mars and broadcast back pictures on the 4th of July, 1997, I promptly announced the holiday to be forever known as 'the Martian 4th."

Posted by Sherrie Thompson October 17, 09 08:17 PM

May we move forward into space

Posted by Ginger Hurst Oct 18, 2009 October 18, 09 02:27 PM

Fantastic display covering the entire voyage from earth to moon to earth return.
Especially the photographs projected detail of the moon surface and actions of the astronaughts.
The final photos showing their relief ,joy and success was very rewarding.
These photos should be shown widely if not allready.
I hope I'm still around to witness the moon landing and deployment on the moon.
Thank you very much.

Posted by Georges F Mccormick October 18, 09 05:20 PM

Picture #18 is amazing... where Africa is so clearly shown. It demonstrates just how miniscule our Earth is in comparison to the universe.

Posted by Pat Hanson October 20, 09 01:31 PM

I can't wait until we see similar pictures from Mars.

Posted by Anonymous October 20, 09 08:41 PM

I was a young electrical engineer 4 years out of school working on the telemetry decoding software for this mission. I was upstairs in building 30 but not invited, just wanted to be close. What a thrill to hear the first audio dialogue over the intercom.

Posted by Don Smith October 21, 09 01:59 PM

I was a secretary in the California State Capitol at the time and remember how excited we all were watching this event on a small portable tv brought in by a staff member. One of my coworkers welcomed her first grandchild on that date and wanted her to be named Astrid Star (they named her Nicole). Two events I'll remember for a lifetime.

Posted by Nancy Fedell October 22, 09 02:47 PM

As a quality control engineer for Rockwell International on the command module and second stage booster,I was so sure Apollo 11 would be successful I wanted to ride it to the moon, but alas, I was no astronaut.
I could only watch and cheer them on,which I did proudly.

Posted by William W. Lewis October 23, 09 01:24 AM

A day I shall never forget. I was at Fort Dix New Jersey awaiting my discharge from the Army when they landed on the moon declared a national holiday and I had to spend an extra day in the military. Both incidents carry a lot of good memories

Posted by Larry Maurice October 23, 09 03:57 PM

I did not see the moon landing until I read about it in a Life magazine article, on a flight to see my brother in Riverside, Ca.! I had just returned from my first tour of combat duty in Vietnam. A young girl sat next to me and asked, "Did you see the landing"! I said, "No, I was out of the country at the time"! She inquired where I was. I guesss the uniform and medals confused her. I smiled and said nothing in return except, "It is an amazing site to see America doing something everyone agrees with"! I was proud to be an American, but my return for a second tour loomed in the background

Posted by Steven Temple October 23, 09 08:41 PM

Great pictures,these give me a little more knowledge of how things in space appear,how beautiful earth looks from outer space and how soft the surface of Mars is according to the depth of thier boots sank in the surface though thier weight without gravity probably would have been very light,I didn't see any sign of vegetation from any of the pictures.

Thanks for the pictures

Posted by BILLY HARSEY October 23, 09 09:42 PM

At the time on the moon landing I was 18, and in boot camp in S. Diego. Our company commander had brought us all into a large barracks room with a tv. We all sat on the floor, with jaws dropped, witnessing this incredible moment. To this day, I'm grateful to that Navy chief.

Posted by Gil Smith October 25, 09 12:47 AM

I was a mother of a 34-month-old boy and worked for The Gainesville Sun (Fla.). We went over to my in-law's home to watch on their large color tv. I was in a reclincer with Allen sitting on my lap. When Neil started down the steps, he stood up on my stomach and watched even more intently then we did. When Neil's foot touched the moon, he suddenly sat down, knocked my breath away. He went to sleep immediately with a big smile on his face. We went home shortly afterwards and I dug out an old Sci-fi magazine from the 1950s to find a one-page story I remembered that ended with the same words Neil had said. I've always wondered if he was a Sci-fi fan. When I was younger, I wanted to explore space. Now, I'm content to watch others do it and hope the programs continue for many years to come.

Posted by Barbara Crawford October 25, 09 12:29 PM


Posted by Bill English October 25, 09 02:51 PM

My ship, USS Enterprise (CVAN65)was in Brazil changing home ports back to Norfolk from San Francisco. We could not see landing but we did get to listen to every detail being broadcast over our PA system. Lots of people in Rio did not believe this was true...saw it as a gigantic hoax. There are still a number of those people around today. You will find a lot of them runnning with the nitwits who deny the holocost ever occured. So many americans have no faith or trust in their government. A lot of this suspicion dates back to the JFK assination in 1963. I fear that we have permanently become a nation of skeptics

Posted by Danny Davis October 25, 09 03:07 PM

I was 9 years old and wittnesed the greatest achievment of mortal man. To behold the heavens that became available through a great nation, a great people under God in the history of mankind. What man can achieve if he has the vision and the will, assisted by devine provedence as this great nation has.


Posted by Mark Gutierrez October 25, 09 09:41 PM

I was 9 years old and wittnesed the greatest achievment of mortal man. To behold the heavens that became available through a great nation, a great people under God in the history of mankind. What man can achieve if he has the vision and the will, assisted by devine provedence as this great nation has.


Posted by Mark Gutierrez October 25, 09 10:01 PM

I was 19 at the time. Watched it with my husband-to-be along with my mom and dad who have since passed. I remember many of our elderly calling it a hoax, as well as many other nay-sayers, but I knew it to be true and our country was the "first" to walk on the moon. I was and still am proud to be called an American. Thank you for the beautiful pics.

Posted by Jane Harvey October 26, 09 09:15 AM

On lift-off day I was living in Avondale, MD and had gone out to dinner with husband Ray and his Brother, Fr. Tom. I remember I was wearing a white maternity dress and Mary Jo was born in January. Never would I have dreamed that in August 1979 I would have relocated to Cocoa Beach and worked on the Shuttle Program til 1992.

Posted by Barbara (nee Yurawecz) Duffy Hortsing October 26, 09 06:41 PM

I was in high school then and I remember the excitment and our amazment of the event
I worried and prayed the whole time they were on the surface that they couldn't make it back more than I worried about them getting there.
My father who was born in the 19th century never beleived it happened and thought they took the pictures amd made the movies on a movie set. Here was a man who was born in 1889 and saw the first cars and watched other inventions become everyday, but this was more than he could swallow and he never believed it. He died in 1970.

Posted by Betty Lindsay October 27, 09 08:17 AM

The Apollo program was a very enlightening time for the engineering profession as well as others. We learned a lot about machines and people. Also a lot of innovative hardware was produced during that time which has led to many useful devices we take for granted today. I was with Boeing, at the Cape, and our group was responsible for the service arms on the tower, and later the entire mobile launcher and transporting crawler. I have never seen such a dedicated group of people working toward one objective, get the astronauts to the moon and returned safely. The experience has left a lasting memory for me.

Posted by Harold Polk October 27, 09 03:34 PM

In those days, the astronauts read from the Bible in space! Today, many if not most of our "most brilliant" minds think that God is a myth. Oh, how America has fallen from its lofty heights of faith in the One True God!

Posted by Terry Dow October 28, 09 12:07 PM

I was living in Africa at the time and was 9 years old. I remember the unbelief of our African friends when my missionary father stood outside pointing to the moon trying to explain in their language what was taking place on the familiar planet in the night sky. I remember how proud I was to be an American when newspaper clippings were put up on the classroom walls of the British- run school where I attended to herald the event .

Posted by Carolyn Smith Sherrod October 28, 09 10:59 PM

I designed some of the RF components that were on the LM for the comm system while in transit to the moon. What a great collection of pictures.

Posted by Herb Radding October 31, 09 03:16 PM

July 20th happens to be my birthday. I was 30 that day. My wife and I were in Westwood , California (close to UCLA ) getting ready to go into the theatre to see Goodbye Columbus. There was a TV on the sidewalk in front of every store and the street was very crowded. They was a big cheer when Neal stepped foot on the lunar surface. It is the destiny of the United States to lead the way technologically. I hope we can live up to it.

Posted by Lew Aaronson October 31, 09 06:28 PM

Thanks for the memories. I watched this great event unfold in a hanger in Bangkok, Thailand where I was stationed at the time. Later, back in Korat, Thailand I was able to see Neil Armstrong when he came with the Bob Hope show that year. These photos and these accomplishments make me very proud to be an American.

Posted by Joe Harless October 31, 09 06:56 PM

these are so cool!!!!

Posted by mackenzie November 1, 09 09:08 AM

GREAT PICTURES !!!!! I'm so grateful for all the work NASA and their employees, scientists, astronauts, engineers, etc has done for the USA. I am very proud of you and the accomplishments that have been made. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ITS PEOPLE!!!!

Posted by Deana Davis November 3, 09 03:47 PM

I was in the Firing Room at the Electrical Systems Console (CLES) for the launch of Apollo 11.

Posted by Bill Haynes November 3, 09 04:24 PM

Great photography.
Though a magnifcant accomplishment for the US following the launch of Sputnik, walking and operating in space is extremely hazardous to humans.
Radiation in space is extreme.
Future space flights should carry instruments (also susceptible to radiation) not humans.

Posted by Tom Murray November 3, 09 05:10 PM

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME PICTURES AND A WARM REPEAT OF PRIDE IN OUR COUNTRY. On that day...Dolphin Terrace Elem School, El Paso Tx, Ms. Acosta's 4th Grade class, 2nd row, middle of the room...Everyones eyes glued to the intercom box above the front blackboard and captivated by 'history' in the making. What a day to remember...Thank you for the experience of reliving that moment in time.

Posted by Amy McAdams November 4, 09 01:18 PM

I was someplace in Viet Nam when this event occurred . Probably on or near Hawk Hill .

Posted by Dale A. Tones November 5, 09 04:57 PM


Posted by VINCE FLYNN, MD November 5, 09 05:11 PM

How come none of pictures where you can see outer space show a single star???

Posted by Space Cadet November 7, 09 12:57 PM

Does anyone remember a a Grumman Aerospace Tech Writer, & Lecturer on Safety for Launch Complex 39 at Coco Beach during 1st Moonshot, Franklin H. ?

Posted by M.Seller November 9, 09 12:13 PM

Fourty years...I was twelve years old then; spent the entire time with my face glued to that old balck and white Marconi Television. For me, absoubtly nothing has come close to the excitement and anticipation the world experienced before or since...a testament to what mankind can acheive when we put our hearts and souls into it. What a great time to be alive!

Posted by Bruce Goldsmith November 9, 09 08:36 PM

I had arrived at KSC in May 1969 assigned to the NASA Eng Division. The night before launch, I brought my 3 year old son to the VAB to view the rocket at Pad A. At 9am launch day, I positioned myself across from the VAB using the edge of a Building at the Fishback and Moore area as a knife edge to block the morning sun to take a video of the launch. Incidentally, my "3 year old" is now an Engineer Tech Rep assemblying the Ares Mobile Launcher. My 3 year old grandson attended the Ares 1X launch near the press box by the VAB. Must be genetic!

Posted by C. Canicatti November 10, 09 11:43 PM

I was in Mission Control @ Houston during the Mission working as a environmental Consultant for the photography dept. and @ the Splashdown Party later. We were all very excited and astounded a teverything that happened as it was better than ever could be imagined. For all of the soothsayers who say we didn't do this I say they're crazy and don't know anything. The Space Program has been a great asset to our technology leadership world wide.

Posted by Larry Malone November 11, 2009

Posted by LARRY MALONE November 11, 09 02:58 PM

I was in graduate school at the University of Washington under the Air Force Institute of Technology program, and remember sitting on the floor of my Seattle home and watching the grainy black and white pictures of man's first steps on the moon. As a weather officer at Barksdale AFB (1964-66), I had the priviledge of meeting many astronauts who stopped to refuel their T-38's and check weather before continuing to Cape Canaveral or Houston. Later, I was the Launch Weather Officer for Apollo XVII, ASTP, and the Skylab missions. After retiring from the Air Force, I worked as a contractor at Cape Canaveral for 18 years, supporting the Space Shuttle and many unmanned programs. This has been an unforgetable experience; one for which I will be forever grateful.

Posted by Michael G. "Mickey" Olivier November 11, 09 05:49 PM


Posted by Anonymous November 12, 09 08:48 AM

I remember that July weekend in 1969 .....I was 27 yrs old flying airplanes out of Newprt RI. ..we set up a black and white TV on the counter with rabbit ears so we could watch Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin do their thing on the moon... we all watched with great amazement and adulation as these great men landed and walked on the moon ...all of a sudden...the moon walk telecast was interupted on local TV by a picture from none other than Teddy boy Kennedy...the Apollo 11 moon landing occurred the same weekend he murdered Mary Jo Kopechne on Chappaquidick Island on the east end of Martha's Vineyard. He appeared with a neck brace and we thot he was about to apologize for her death.. In true political fashion, no apology was forthcoming, but instead, he posed a question to viewers.... "do you still want me to be your senator"...yes, indeed ..I remember Apollo 11 quite well.

Posted by Frank Pelaggi November 13, 09 02:25 PM

Great memories.

Posted by Bob Swan November 16, 09 04:17 PM

I can't believe these pictures!!! They are superb. I wish I had been physically on the moon. I had to be satisfied watching the lunar landing on black and white TV. It doesn't compare to these pictures.

Posted by Evelyn November 17, 09 07:41 PM

I started a scrapebook in May 1961 when Alan Sheperd went up and came back down .. have kept it updated to this day .. we were stationed at Keesler AFB in Miss. at the time and our fourth child, third son was born on the 22nd of May .. we lived in Hawaii when this all happened, also as they all came thru Hickam we got to see many of them in the silver trailer the men were put in .. I have lots of NASA offical photo's from there and patches .. my grandkids love to go thru the books - yes, there are more than one now - and read all the paper articles and look at the pictures .. It was truly a proud time for all of us even with all the hurtful things being shown to the military due to Viet Nam - we held our heads high
Minna November 17 10:40pm

Posted by Minna Gross November 18, 09 01:43 AM

I was very fortunate to be part of a great NASA team at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Al, that conceived and help design the Saturn I, IB, and Saturn V Launch Vehicles. Now retired after working on the Skylab, Shuttle, and Space Station Programs I still get that wow feeling when reflecting on the Saturn/Appollo era.

Posted by Robert (Bob) Baker November 18, 09 01:39 PM

In 1956 I was very new in the US Army taking training at Ft Leonard Wood Mo. While at a movie full of trainees. A narrator of a filmed documentary in a booming base voice was talking about space travel and we were all mesmerized. At one point he boomed out, "Do you think man will ever walk on the moon?" It was so quiet it was eerie then someone in the audience boomed out right back, "Hell No!" The audience all just broke up with laughter. No one imagined that thirteen years later that person was to be proved so very wrong.

Posted by Billy Montgomery November 19, 09 11:42 AM


Posted by NANCY PORTEUS November 20, 09 01:44 AM

At the age of 15, on July 20, 1969, I was allowed to stay up late to watch the moon landing on TV. What an exciting milestone for man to travel 240,000 miles across space and set foot upon our moon!
Years later, I was visiting Merritt Island and witnessed the Apollo 13 launch up close - and it was amazing! I thought maybe I had jinxed them when the mission encountered disaster! The most amazing feat of science, technology and braintrust, was getting them back home safely!
Many years later however, I mustered the courage when traveling past Cape Canaveral/Kennedy to witness a night launch of the Space Shuttle - even more amazing as it turned the dark of night into daylight! You realize the speed even more when it is high in the sky before the rumble of those powerful engines cause your body to vibrate.
These are things I will never forget and plan on sharing with my grandchildren. This truly has been the Greatest Generation for Advances in Science!

Posted by Kevin Knight November 20, 09 04:42 PM

Cool! I wish I became the first lady on the moon.

Posted by holly woods November 24, 09 07:48 AM

#745, this question has been answered over and over. An easy Google or see

Posted by ebd November 24, 09 04:12 PM

I have the NASA Report on the crash of the Lunar Vehicle during rehersal test. Neil Armstrong had to eject just before it crashed(4th photo from the top).
Anyone interested in having this report? I don't need it.

Posted by Steve Cole November 26, 09 12:11 PM

They flew on my birthday. What a great day!!

Posted by GV November 27, 09 08:47 PM

i loved the pictures

Posted by Anonymous December 1, 09 09:12 AM

I was an engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers at the time. I watched the launch from the parking lot of my office on Cape Canaveral. This was the most exciting thing in my life. We need to keep the Space Program going. There has been so much that the whole world has gained from the space program.

Posted by Jamie L. Worley December 1, 09 09:59 PM

Although,I was a young woman,with an 11 month old baby,and a husband in Viet Nam,"yes,"My son and I watched this on TV, It
was unbelievable,and seems like yesterday! Thanks for sharing these magnificent, photographs! God Bless all of our troops,and
God Bless the USA!! Rebecca B.Burke-Rowe

Posted by Rebecca B. Burke-Rowe December 7, 09 06:28 PM

those pictures were soooooo great and i hope they make another misssion to the moon''.

Posted by laken December 8, 09 07:23 PM

AWESOME pics & GREAT memories!!! I was an army Captain in Nam at the time. Everyone who could, tried to take breaks & listen on Armed Forces Radio - particularly for the liftoff, moon landing, & splash down.

Posted by Alan Bagully December 13, 09 02:41 PM

My wife, Anne, and I are on the road with our three sons. We are returning from a Florida vacation that included watching a Saturn 5 Rocket launch. Riding atop that vehicle were three men intent upon landing on the Moon and returning to Earth. Mid-way of the afternoon we hear on the car radio that the landing on the moon had been successful. The whole world is now waiting for them to exit the Lunar Lander and set foot on the moon. NASA is planing to televise the actual exit and first step and we are planing to be home in time to watch on our new color television set.
The traffic gets slower and slower and as we approach the announced time of exit we find ourselves in Albertville, Alabama, still more than 60 miles from home. We check into a motel, making sure that they have a working television set in the room. I rush to McDonalds for our supper while Anne lets the boys take a quick plunge in the pool. They don’t want to leave the pool but we are determined that they will not miss this historic moment.
As we have come to expect from NASA events, there are numerous delays. The talking heads on TV drone on-and-on about how we got to the Moon and endless speculation about what is delaying the exit form the Lunar Lander. Despite our admonition that this is worth their undivided attention, one by one the boys drop off to sleep. As the hatch is opened and Neil Armstrong is about to exit we rouse them and, with our constant urging, they sleepily watch man’s first steps on another world, then quickly return to their slumber. It’s been a long day and a long vacation, so we soon join them in sleep. What a great way to celebrate 10 years of working with the Von Braun team at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama

Posted by Willie (Bill) Weaver January 2, 10 12:21 PM

Looks like one star reflected in the astronaut's gold faceplate. What happened to all the rest of the stars?

Posted by Charles Myers January 2, 10 10:06 PM

I was 15-years-old and was at Lake Okoboji, Iowa. I was working as a mother's helper for a family on vacation. I took the two children I was responsible for to the resort's lodge so we could see the Apollo 11 liftoff, landing and splash down on television. The children's parents were not interested and did not even peak at the events. I couldn't understand that and was thankful my parents were interested in life and had passed that on to me.
In 1993 I was a radio talk show host on KSCJ in Sioux City, Iowa. I had the honor meeting and interviewing Buzz Aldrin. The interview lasted over one hour. What a thrill. He was a great interview and gentleman. I even got the chance to introduce my own four children to the man who walked on the moon.

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Posted by ashley rogotzke January 4, 10 03:43 PM

WOW AH-MAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by JADE January 25, 10 03:17 PM

This is the pride of my life; I started work for North American Aviation / Rockwell in 1962 in Downey California, and came back to Florida in 1965 after performing the major structural tests on the Apollo Command Module, Service Module, and all of the sub assemblies. In Florida I was on the launch team for all of the Apollo / Saturn V launch vehicles, ending with the Apollo/Soyuz mission in 1975. It was a great challenge but well worth it. The USA will continue to benefit from the technology developed during this program for many years to come. I am extremely pleased to have been involved in the Apollo program! I was also on the first 88 launches of the Shuttle program.

Posted by Robert (Bob) Giffen January 28, 10 10:47 AM

It's a shame that Michael Collins never had the opportunity to walk on the moon. Alan Shepard was given that opportunity. Most people remember Neil Armstrong as the first human to set foot on the moon. Edwin (Buz) Aldrin was only a foot behind Armstrong but how many remember that the 2nd person on the moon.

Posted by Willie Welch February 5, 10 05:55 PM

I was thirty-six years old on a date with a wonderful gentleman. We watched the landing in New York City's Central Park. Giant screens were set up so hundreds of people could witness the event. Vendors sold Mars Bars, Milky Ways, Twinkies, etc. It was a beautiful, memorable evening.

Posted by Dotty February 9, 10 05:00 PM

Very good. I think Neil Armstrong one number.

Posted by OĞULCAN February 20, 10 01:48 PM

Such wonderful memories. I worked for 32 years for the Rocketdyne Division of (then) Rockwell International. I was in the documentary motion picture/video department. Rocketdyne designed, developed and built all of the engines that took man to the moon and back, except one on the LEM.
I was part of the Apollo program from beginning to the end and when I retired the Space Shuttle program was in full swing. In 1989 I was given the assignment to write and direct a documentary commerating the 20th anniversary of Apollo 11, "The Time of Apollo." It told the story of how the propulsion systems were designed and developed for Apollo. This is a little known story, except for the people that worked on the project. I still view it with pride.

Posted by Bob Durham February 23, 10 04:18 PM


Posted by Anonymous March 11, 10 05:59 PM

Great photos. I was 24 and serving in Vietnam when the Eagle landed (around 3 am Vietnam time). I listened to the landing live on Armed Forces radio and than saw the videos later on Armed Forces tv after the tapes had been flown in from the Philippines.

Posted by John Hughes March 17, 10 12:02 PM

Vay amk ne göt varmış adamlarda :) nice yani.

Posted by Tayyar Altikulac March 28, 10 10:16 AM

Beautiful set of images of Mankind's greatest achievement. I was 14 at the time and followed the mission every step of the way, I remember seeing the launch in the lecture theatre at school then four days later staying up to 4am here in the UK to watch the moonwalk. Already an amateur astronomer since I was 7 years old, Apollo was truly amazing and left a lasting impression an me. In later years I took my children to KSC three times in all, perhaps not surprisingly they have grown up to study sciences.
I bookmarked this page a while ago and keep coming back to it :-)

Posted by Rob Johnson March 29, 10 06:13 PM

I have a 16mm copy of the film "THE EAGLE HAS LANDED", i drag it out every so often and watch it. One day i will have it transfered to a DVD as it is of a very historical nature, we woundn't waqnt to loose it. A one in a life time piece of movie footage.

Posted by Richard Hazelmyer March 31, 10 12:36 PM

my son was two months old, and i recall looking AT the moon that evening, instead of just at the t.v., and trying to imagine it all, and certainly pointing out the moon to the baby. ;-)

Posted by liz tilton April 2, 10 01:27 PM

I was on my way to vietnam and our plane stopped to refuel in Anchorage Alaska. All the soldiers went to the bar for a beer and as I looked up Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon. I later saw the Bob Hope Christmas show in Chu Lai and Neil Armstrong was with him. What a great feeling

Posted by Paul Hart April 6, 10 06:42 PM

OMG !!...these pictures are awesome !!

I had just turned four years old in late June. My sister was just five months old. I can remember watching the TV in my living room and I can hear my parents explaining the importance of what was happening. It's interesting, when I look at some of these pictures, I get emotional and kinda get teary eyed. It triggers something inside me. Maybe it's the beauty of it, or maybe the enormity of it....or both. I try to imagine what it would be like to actually stand on the surface of something other than the Earth, and to watch my home planet rise above the Moons' horizon. It seems unreal...or surreal to me. Who knows, maybe we will all have a chance to go before we die !!

Posted by Shaunn Cochran April 8, 10 09:08 PM

I loved the pictures

Posted by seth April 10, 10 09:27 AM

I remember my husband and I were at a big bridge tournament in Kearney, NE., and most of us left the table and ran out to watch the landing on TV in the hotel lobby. It beat any 7 NT out there or anywhere !

Posted by Mary Jo Emmons April 10, 10 06:47 PM

awesome pictures...makes me proud to be an AMERICAN...God bless the U.S.A.

Posted by John Falcone April 13, 10 04:19 PM

I rmember my 2nd grade Catholic school class going to the rectory to watch the lunar landing on television. Now 43 years later, my son and I are doing a project about Apollo 11 for his 4th grade class.

Posted by Delphin April 13, 10 11:18 PM

1969 was an amazing year! The historic Moon Landing, returning hero's parade, Vietnam War raging, and the birth of our first child and my Brothers first child both born August 31st, 6 hours apart! An awesome year! God bless America

Posted by Vincent Neidlinger April 15, 10 01:37 AM

I will never forget this time in 1969. I was pregnant with my eldest child, my husband was in Vietnam and my father was on Ascension Island working for NASA and tracking Apollo 11. I was glued to the TV soaking in this day in history. It will be etched forever in my mind and heart. God Bless America!

Posted by Lexie Malaszewski April 16, 10 06:27 PM

Incredible photos, American pride, and our history.

Posted by Ryan McKee April 17, 10 02:36 PM

RE:Photo #29
E-gads, the moon is moving away from the earth at the rate of 2.5 inches a year. The moon controls our oceans, weather, and more.
When does Al Gore and other liberals plan to frighten the world into a frenzy and claim they can control nature???
Global warming - Think the moon moving away from the earth is involved????

Posted by Joe Kleinsmith April 17, 10 03:13 PM

i love the pictures

Posted by Vicki April 20, 10 09:54 AM

My wife and I were in Paris at the time of landing and the people were stopping us, pointing up and saying Luna, Luna. They were as thrilled as we were.

Posted by Don Dashnau April 23, 10 09:41 AM

very good pictures

Posted by kermit afflerbach April 26, 10 04:51 PM

So great. We need the space program to continue.

Posted by Susan April 27, 10 12:10 PM

As an Air Force KC-135 pilot, I watched the launch at the Cape and waved to Buzz Aldrin in the Airstream recovery trailer from the pool deck of the Hickam "O Club" as they were recovered in Hawaii. We were headed to Southeast Asia and feel fortunate to have witnessed history from a few feet away.

Posted by Tom May 3, 10 02:15 PM

We had just been transferred ot Merced, CA and I set up a tripod & large telescope in the back yard. During the first stages ot the trans-lunar flight and after sundown, the setted sun illuminated a small, slivery white speck just to the west of the moon. It was the command and lunar modules!! I put my 35mm camera lens into the telescope's eyepiece and got some pretty passable photos. I remember looking up and marvelling at the fact that three men were actually in that tiny speck, on a voyage for all of mankind. I'd have given anything to have been on it, but sorry, navigators were not accepted into the program! It was a proud time for all of us, a time when being patriotic was not politically incorrect.

Posted by Derek Detjen, Major, USAF (Ret) May 3, 10 05:26 PM

omg i just did a whole big giant report on the moon. i should've looked at these pics before uh poo oh well i am done with the report so ya but these are really cool pics of the moon it is so cool out side of the earths atmosphere i mean ya did you see those pics up there ^ like ya uhu uhu uhu oh ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by lily Peanut May 8, 10 10:56 PM

wow i wish i was there!!!

Posted by julie May 10, 10 02:50 PM

that was tight

Posted by Anonymous May 19, 10 02:25 PM

wow nasa is a great program i only wish that obama wasnt cutting the funds off for it . it has definitely brought our country tons of knowledge about our earths surroundings , and a lot of iteresting pictures to look at

Posted by Anonymous May 25, 10 12:08 PM

I was fortunate enough to have worked the Apollo program from perliminary designe till it ended. Even though I went on to the Space Shuttle program until I retired, Aplooo was the pinical of my carear.
Bill Dean

Posted by Bill Dean June 25, 10 11:26 PM


Posted by Anonymous July 19, 10 01:53 PM

I was a 19 year old guy studying my first year of my PG in Chemistry in a town called Tiruchy in southern India when the historic event took place. I still recall sitting outside our house with my friends and relatives in a breezy night of 20th July, 1969, staring at the moon floating in the vast expanse of a cloudless sky with unabated awe and excitement. It looks like yesterday!
Whatever feat man may achieve in the years to come in terms of interplanetary (or even intergallactic?) travels and settlements, 20th July, 1969 will ever retain its uniqueness in the human history as it was THE first one when a representative of human race set his foot on a celestial body. As special as the first kiss!

Posted by S.Venugopalan July 19, 10 02:23 PM

Maney congradulation to Nasa .I hope the program will continue.I quite remember this remarkable event .

Posted by Mohammad Hossein Rohani July 19, 10 02:43 PM

Unbelievable, brave Americans going where no man had gone before. :)
I believe it to be true and not a hoax. Space travel has grown in leaps and bounds since that day and the moon today is no longer a desired destination. All this would have not happened if it was a hoax.

Posted by Ryan July 19, 10 02:51 PM

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Posted by JaisonPS July 19, 10 02:53 PM

its woth going through these images.. I liked it very much.

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Posted by Anonymous July 19, 10 06:21 PM

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Posted by mohannad tarabein July 19, 10 06:40 PM

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Posted by apurvanand July 20, 10 12:08 AM

We cant image it and this success is before i born..... realy unbelievable .... go ahead but save earth..... to see more nature of the god..... brilliant........

Posted by Praful July 20, 10 12:19 AM

It was simply great -"We Came in Peace For All Mankind." , we reached upto moon but not able to reach our neighbour's heart.All mankind should start same mission for love,education ,food & health of every brotherhood.

Posted by prashant desai July 20, 10 12:20 AM

At pic no. 32 The USA Flag was waving, but how that can be possible in vacuum, unless until there is no any force, how any object can move in vaccum.

Posted by Anonymous July 20, 10 12:21 AM

Great memories of when our country was together as one. Not like now. Even landing on Mars would not have the same pride. What went wrong? Why? I'd give anything to go back.......

Posted by dave July 20, 10 12:52 AM

i m really thankful to u dear for sending such rare n amazing pics.

Posted by dhanashree chavan July 20, 10 01:01 AM

Really good, wish all the super men to be more success to leading the moon until people able to live on it.

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Posted by Amol July 20, 10 01:29 AM

One Step by a Man, A Giant Step for Mankind.....

That's all I can say.


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Thanks for all of participant 's

Posted by Prosenjit Pramanick July 20, 10 02:12 AM

We lived in the Greater Colombo Area in Sri Lanka at that time, in a town called Wattala. We were preparing for my wedding, to take place in January of the following year. Sri Lanka had not yet had the benefit of television. We listened to all of the proceedings on radio. Thank God for my Dad - James P. Rayen, who was a very well-read man, and supplied us with all of the background information and insisted that we read-up too, before the event. Thus we had followed the entire space-program via newspapers and also radio reports from the Voice of America and the BBC. On the day of the lunar landing, we all sat together - even my 23 month-old nephew, my parents' first grandchild, who was sitting on my Dad's lap, trying to absorb as much as his mind could comprehend, while posing question after question, all adequately handled by Dad. As a family, we sat glued to our radio, listening very intently to all that was being said. I don't know of many other Sri Lankans who were listening in to their radio sets that night. We were one of the very few families in that part of the country who listened in all-night, to what was happening in space, so many thousands of miles away, when history was being made. Thank God for my late beloved Dad, if not for whom, we would have been as oblivious to this part of history as many others there, except for some of the better-informed literati of that country. May be we were just fortunate. Thank you Daddy.
Indra Rayen Rodrigo - Toronto, CANADA.

Posted by Indira Rodrigo July 20, 10 02:27 AM

At picture No. 32, the waving flag in a vacuum space might be because of ejecting air in that place from the nearest vehicle - the shadow of which is clearly visible .....

Posted by Anonymous July 20, 10 02:39 AM

nice pics

Posted by sheetal July 20, 10 02:49 AM

It is a great remnicent of my past life in 1968. At that time, I had felt a great achievement of humanity beyond the thinking of my little knowledge. Now, the difference is that the activity of human being is becoming suicidal one due to the increasing temperature of the globe. So shall we move to the next place like Lunar system?
Dammar Lohorung

Posted by Anonymous July 20, 10 04:07 AM

exclent photo
very good

Posted by pratik thakkar July 20, 10 04:59 AM

Whaaaaa!! very Very Nice and Great Mans In world :

Posted by shriram sharma July 20, 10 05:35 AM

very good ,and thanks for mail me such photograph

Posted by mehul July 20, 10 05:42 AM

eager to see an indian on moon. hope our chandrayan 2 will satisfy my

Posted by grandhiramarao July 20, 10 06:12 AM

It is an wonderful history & going back to the memory lane. I am recollecting the day when I heard the live comentery on Voice of Amarica.
Will keep this in my archives.

Posted by SHIVA KRISHNA GOSWAMI July 20, 10 06:50 AM

very very gooooooooood
yhanks 4 remembering old sweat memmories where we all r proud

Posted by vijay deshmukh July 20, 10 06:54 AM

Beyond imagination, people can do wonders as long they can do it.

People always admiring most of whats others people doing, actually there is the most things on this World that people need to know more as how its being created.

Did anybody know the facts of the creation of this Universe & every single that has been created.

People need to see & understand more of the creation of themselves either & nothing in life that people need to be proud of. People need to think of truth & where is our truth destination should be.

Great people could get into their mind of the answer that why they are created in this dot World.

Great journey to the moon mightn't given satisfaction as there even more great thinks & things that many had achieved without known.

Posted by mohd ariff July 20, 10 07:05 AM

It was simply great -"We Came in Peace For All Mankind." , we reached upto moon but not able to reach our neighbour's heart.All mankind should start same mission for love,education ,food & health of every brotherhood.-Thank you..Prashanth... for your thoughts...

Posted by iyappan July 20, 10 07:43 AM

Really wonderful and great pictures, it makes us to visualise the things sitting here. very good info and photos for the future generation of our world.

Posted by Shivalingam D July 20, 10 08:38 AM


Posted by Anonymous July 20, 10 09:00 AM

Wish I could join you one day....

Posted by Ganesh July 20, 10 09:27 AM

if there is no breeze then how can the flag move?
( Image no 32 )

Posted by Nilesh Jaipal July 20, 10 09:35 AM

very good

Posted by dr r k pant July 20, 10 10:13 AM

This is unbelivebile remember thanks.

Posted by S.Kathirvelmurugan July 20, 10 11:22 AM

This is unbelivebile remember thanks.

Posted by S.Kathirvelmurugan July 20, 10 11:23 AM

Amazing ! No words to speak

Posted by Anonymous July 20, 10 11:26 AM


Posted by RAJAN IYER July 20, 10 01:09 PM

Pictures speak volumes. Unimaginable job, but it is real :-) Salutations to the great men who showed us the world !!! An awesome journey to the universe.

Posted by Narayan B. Iyer July 20, 10 01:40 PM

I remember watching every minute of this event. Recently, I bought a patch and now have this on my purse.

I am only sorry that it looks like we might never go there again!

Those were the good ole days

Posted by Christine Taylor July 20, 10 02:02 PM

Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures! So glad we were watching this historic event on our TV as well.

God created a beautiful earth for mankind and endowed him with amazing ability and creativity. Evidence that man is truly created in God's image. To God be the Glory!!

Posted by Dave and Pat Warren July 20, 10 03:45 PM

I was three years old. My father was listening about this on Radio n explaining us and later we saw pics in news papers and magz. This was really a great moment of human life. Matter of Pride to entire humanity. These nice pics gave the same thrill as we had earlier. Thanks.

Posted by Dr. Sandeep Goyal July 21, 10 03:45 AM

See the wonders God has created the whole universe, God is one , he is the creator of all things including, man. so we all should bow to god for his wonderful things,

Posted by ABDUL AZIZ S.A July 21, 10 04:06 AM

Thank you

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Posted by Anonymous July 21, 10 04:32 AM

it's wonder

Posted by j.p neupane July 21, 10 08:52 AM

Wow........ exlent we can not image it..........thankfull to that great persons...Really wonderful technlogy.....thanks to that technlogy....

Posted by Devaraju July 21, 10 09:09 AM

best of luck

Posted by shyam July 21, 10 09:21 AM

i m greate thankfull for u all team member who displayed this picture..Thanks for this informative . i had never thougt i will be able to c this informative of such a big huge event in my real life ..thanks alot

Posted by shailendra singh tundla india July 21, 10 01:58 PM


Posted by JAGDISH L.SUBA MUSCAT(OMAN) July 21, 10 04:10 PM

one for all comment

Posted by sameer July 21, 10 04:46 PM

It was a grand event thanks for refreshing us with such wornder full photos

Posted by Surehs Desai July 21, 10 07:03 PM

Amazing ! No words to speak......

Posted by Prakash July 22, 10 12:09 AM

Its definitely a giant step for mankind.. If at all it really had happened.
There are many conspiracy theories surrounding this achievement. But I have only one simple question - "Why hasn't America given a second try attempting to land on the Moon and collect samples to do new experiments and research ? When they could do this with the technology in 1969, why not with modern technology available in 2010 ? I don't remember reading anywhere even about a second try from US."
This is the only question that bothers me and sometimes makes me believe the conspiracy theories.

Posted by Amar July 22, 10 02:07 AM

I was taken a trip around the moon,awesome job 4 decades ago,mind boggling and getting goose pimples.

All quodos to the lead astronauts.

Great memory to cherish for the next billion years.

Posted by VM PRABHU July 22, 10 02:55 AM

I remember watching every minute of this event. Recently, I bought a patch and now have this on my purse.

I am only sorry that it looks like we might never go there again!

Those were the good ole day

Posted by YOGESH M.RUDAKIA July 22, 10 03:20 AM

CONTACT NO O345-231-1299

Posted by Anonymous July 22, 10 04:01 AM

Nice one to see this, carry on good work

Posted by Mukesh July 22, 10 04:10 AM

Its really Amazing

Posted by JAWAHAR July 22, 10 05:13 AM


Posted by JEYKRISHNAN J July 22, 10 08:42 AM

i was nice experience

Posted by johnson July 22, 10 10:04 AM

Very nostalgic photos.

We lived at the southern tip of India in a hamlet and
I vaguely remember listening to the Radio commentary on that day - probably morning- and could not understand the full implications, except that it was a great feat.As a 13 year old I immediately liked Armstrong's now famous words and was dumbstruck at 'Amrica's' might as opposed to ''our friend Roossia''

Posted by Nilakantan Gangadharan July 22, 10 12:29 PM

to 841: who said it was moving?

Posted by mmaguire July 22, 10 05:12 PM

Very very thrilling to recall those victorious moments...a sign of joy.. of mankind..Kudos to those who thought it fit to send the photographs of nostalgic moments...

Posted by S.Raman July 22, 10 10:28 PM

wow, wish that i have been in place of Neil

Posted by prabhakar July 22, 10 10:31 PM

Fantastic Pictures!!! I lived in America for 23 years and beleive in Freedom
which America is all about !!! Trevor Devas

Posted by Anonymous July 23, 10 02:02 AM

Great ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Posted by Girish Gajengi July 23, 10 01:51 PM

Awesome pictures... good job!

Posted by Harish July 24, 10 12:38 AM

Had a superb tour of the great mission... hats off

Posted by Vikram Kothari July 24, 10 02:16 AM

I can remember sitting, tired but awestruck, at about 3 am, watching this terrible quality picture on my small black and white TV. But I lived the moment that Armstrong uttered those famous words. A 21 year old British engineering student - very proud on behalf of the engineers of the world, of what the Americans were achieving out there. We very much felt the world was truly one, and that those three guys represented all mankind.

Posted by Martin Cowley July 24, 10 06:12 AM

such a wonderfull pictures and i slute the great nasa sohail ghori

Posted by SOHAIL GHORI July 24, 10 06:52 AM

I can't believe somebody is still wondering why the "flag was waving.." in a vacuum. Are you serious????

Posted by Argyle Nelson July 24, 10 10:54 AM

Mai asha karta hun ki iss dunia insaan aur tarakki kare.

Posted by SATYA July 24, 10 12:33 PM


Posted by samraj July 24, 10 01:09 PM

Really awesome pics man.... really cool.... and Aldrin jr said "In this one moment, the world came together in peace for all mankind" genuinely true

Posted by Dr Bhavanadhar July 24, 10 02:14 PM


Posted by muhammed iqbal July 25, 10 12:44 AM

Amazing. I really wonder when our mankind is going to understand each other and the purpose of our living on this earth.

Posted by M.G.RAMANATHAN July 25, 10 09:49 AM

looks so easy but imagine the effort taken....unbeliviable. thses guys had d guts 2 do it

Posted by syed omer July 25, 10 02:10 PM

Nice information about Nasa. The image is very nice and spcialy earth and moon.

Posted by Nikhil Ashok Thakre July 26, 10 01:35 AM

it is very nice and knowledgeable

Posted by Saji Thomas July 26, 10 07:40 AM


Posted by ANIL KUMAR KANUNGO July 26, 10 12:27 PM

The memories flushed back. Felt again the pride of the great acievement of the mankind. What went wrong?......Why is the world like this --the way it is NOW? Thanks.

Posted by Anuradha B July 27, 10 01:30 AM

Very Nice information Good job. Thanks.

Posted by Sunita Ingale July 27, 10 11:45 PM

If I were there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Udoy & Nishi July 28, 10 02:53 AM

its god

Posted by yabets legesse July 28, 10 05:36 AM

Pour l'exploit prodigieux que les trois asronautes américains ont réalisé en Juillet 1969; ils méritent qu'on leur érige une statue en Or dans tous les pays du monde; je vous admire comme des HEROS MYTHOLOGIQUES;VOUS ARMSTRONG,ALDRIN et BUZZ. On doit comprendre qu'il ne s'agit pas seulement d'un exploit scientifique proprement américain; c'est un exploit de toute l'humanité,un exploit pour une paix universelle entre tous les êtres humains et qui doit servir l'humanité toute entière dans la construction de son avenir.Je ne saurai jamais décrire les émotions et l'enthousiasme que j'avais ressentis; figé devant l'écran de téléviion,au Lycée Polyvalent de Tlemcen; tout lycéen que j'étais,avide d'aventures scientifiques et plein d'envie qu'un jour ; MOI AUSSI je visiterai la lune

Posted by MERSOUT Benmoussa July 28, 10 02:40 PM

Amazing fantastic pictures "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"

Posted by Mohammed Ismail July 29, 10 04:27 AM

We can see the pics and can simply admire. But to all this Dandwat Pranaam. It is really Impossible made possible

Posted by VK Balana August 1, 10 01:58 AM

Astounding Flashback!

Posted by Chhandak Nandy August 2, 10 02:26 AM

Excellent i cant believe this nice post......

Posted by Maniraj August 4, 10 09:09 AM

A great remembrance indeed. I was in new Delhi and at the USIS (US information service) explaining to some about the happenings that was being shown on the TV that was displayed in USUS building. Thrilling and real!

I was just 20 years old with a science background and felt the thrill myself which I cannot explain in words!

Posted by S. Kedarnath August 5, 10 12:19 PM

841-read the caption, the thrusters were powering up to lift off the moon (no prius), the astronauts actually thought they blew the flag over when leaving.
Recent photos have shown the flag and various parts of debris from Apollo 11-17. Please, do not disgrace the many lives by these brave men that were lost during Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions with the notion that this was all done on a hollywood stage. My father worked many hours putting together transearth/transluner trajectory models in place for numerous missions for all three of these NASA programs and Spacelab. Amazing that the computer power we have in a $400 laptop is more than they had then. But they did it, truly amazing.

Posted by Anonymous in St. Louis, Defense Mapping Agency at the time August 5, 10 11:22 PM

wow amazing!!!! Good to c these valuable pics I salute to Astronauts Armstrong and two other person for achieving such a sucess of height!!

really great men and great achievers
this is called dreams comes true,coz we were only thought to reach in moon bt they have done it.

Posted by Anamika August 6, 10 05:09 AM

super and very good

Posted by abinaya dineshkumar August 13, 10 07:21 AM

history in space

Posted by vidyasagar August 22, 10 03:46 PM

wow amazing..........Mind blowing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ashokkumar August 25, 10 09:43 AM

Excellent photos which help to tell a great story - the triumph of the human spirit. This is why the world is still rightly in awe of what was risked and achieved in Apollo. Picture 12 says it all I think.
I've just finished reading Gene Kranz's excellent book 'Failure is not an option' - I wonder if that's him with the trademark crewcut, front right in picture 12?

Posted by N Tomlinson August 31, 10 04:22 AM

I witnessed this great accomplishment during my college years. I respect my fellow engineers , NASSA , President John F. Kennedy who initiated the project and president Richard M. Nixon which happened during his adminstration.
Mike H. Rubaiy,PE,RPLS

Posted by Mike H. Rubaiy,PE,RPLS September 28, 10 06:13 PM

This is a wonderfull montage of that remarkable feat and era of the Apollo Program. Here we sit, 40 years later and wonder, "When will we go back!" That program not only was historic, but capivated the American People, uniting us to suport three men in space, but also the countless people on the ground that made it happen. In other words, the program was not only historic, but created jobs!!!!! If only we had the same desire to expand our view of our small corner of the Solar System, so much greatness in space and on the ground could be realized!

Posted by Andrew September 28, 10 07:18 PM

How come we haven't gone back?

Posted by Trinity September 28, 10 08:07 PM

I watched the landing with my little kids on my lap. The announcer explained that the flag was arranged on 2 poles--one vertical & one horizontal to make the flag look like it was waving in a breeze--if you'll notice, while the flag looks like a strong wind is blowing, it doesn't actually move at all. Also, the research equipment they left behind is still functioning. How else would it have gotten there if we hadn't gone to the moon??????????? I thought we had sent further missions, one was the botched attempt made into a movie with Tom Hanks. I had been a huge sci-fi fan in my teens, so to actually watch our first steps into what promised to be a brilliant future was awesome!! Too bad it ended.

Posted by El Classico September 28, 10 11:03 PM

peace for all mankind! no boundaries for religions we are all as one!

Posted by arnel l. quiroz September 29, 10 05:57 AM

peace for all mankind! no boundaries for religions we are all as one!

Posted by arnel l. quiroz September 29, 10 06:31 AM


Posted by FIFA 11 September 29, 10 08:36 PM

In the 1970's we lauged at an artical in an old 1945 encylopedia in our house that stated - It is possible that man may fly to the moon by the year 2000. How funny, we thought, that they so badly underestimated human progress.

Now, realizing that neither the US, or any of the other space powers have come close this accomplishment again, I understand that the 1945 encyclopedia was quite optimistic.

To go from first orbit to the moon in less than 10 years ... To go from first flight to the moon in less than 70 years ... an amazing feat of luck, wealth, brilliance, desparation, inspiration, guts and more luck.

Posted by Craig Hanson September 30, 10 08:29 AM

I was still in grade school and watched it with my classmates. We all watched it together with our teacher who was just as amazed as we were. They proved to me that anything is possible and we can accomplish so much when we work together.

Posted by Amazed September 30, 10 11:55 AM

#862 - the COST is why we haven't gone back. Obama, who is cutting costs, just slashed the space program so that we won't even have manned flights into near-earth orbit, although we've been doing it for decades on old Space Shuttles whose computer power is far less than that in a cellphone.

Look at the size of the old Saturn rockets needed to get that teeny tiny little moon lander to the moon. It takes tremendous resources and work. Billions of dollars for a weather satellite or satellite TV satellite can be justified because it "helps us", but the more abstract benefits of manned spaceflight are harder to sell.

The U.S. Congress has to agree to it. That should be answer enough.

We recently got an unmanned satellite around the moon, the LRO. Its primary mission is to look for mining prospects and map the moon, but it has stopped to take photos of all the old lunar lander landing sites. You can see equipment and even the tracks worn in the dirt by the astronauts:

Posted by E. Brundige October 1, 10 08:51 PM


Posted by Darrell October 14, 10 01:01 PM


please keep this page with these great photos in the internet for all the times!!!

Posted by Andreas October 16, 10 06:43 PM

@ 818 and 841 about pic #32 WAVING FLAG:
No air and no thrust displacement (I don't think there was time to snap a pic while firing up anyway, the caption says: 'after the EVA'): the flag is not moving at all; it was manufactured with 'metal wires' so it would not hang like a limp sheet, but could be handled to mimic the look of a flag in the wind. I know this puzzled me as a child, until I discovered it's actually standing still.

Posted by joris mertens October 22, 10 02:13 AM

My daughter is doing a school project on things that fly and she chose rockets and the one that took men to the moon. These pictures are awesome and I really enjoyed showing her. With all the technologies that we have now why can't we do it again? I saw the shuttle take off but it would be great for the next generation to have something to marvel at aswell.

Posted by Tracey November 9, 10 12:44 AM

awesome pics

Posted by Pablo November 10, 10 07:49 PM

i had turned 10 years old on july 15, 1969. this was the best part of my birthday. to those who don't believe it happended, 'kiss it.

Posted by sd oliver November 12, 10 09:24 PM

I was aboard USS Princeton LPH 5 for Apollo X recovery mission,and cannot express how excited and honored i &crew members were! It was great to know we were setting the stage for Apollo11 moon landing. We were very proud of Apollo X&Apollo11 Astronauts and every one in volved,what tremendous job! Also we were & still prould of the USS Hornet cv 12 and her crew! will always have a special place in our hearts!

Posted by Benjamin Doty-Princeton Jan 1969-Jan 1970 November 19, 10 01:40 PM

ho! i am very much exited to see it ! i must thank to remind me this touching pictures.
Thanks, thanks, thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by suja January 4, 11 01:27 AM

Greeting from Turkey..i believe ou did ;) sincerely yours..and Thank you NASA for all.

Posted by ozgur January 4, 11 07:09 PM

Somebody can tell me ... if in the moon there is not atmosphere how can we see things in the shadows? For exempla, the astronaut going down the stairs. How can we see him??? There is no light directly on him!

Posted by Gilberto January 4, 11 07:15 PM

Fantastic, mindblowing, educative information. Lets not get into the conspirancies etc. the fact remains a human beings did it with the help of human beings for human beings..........nothing is impossible for US if there is will power and unity. The information and photographs circulated actually took me on the moon where i think every human being dreams to Go.... hats off to you for giving us an opportunity to atleast imagine and feel real MOON........thanks a ton..... keep it up.......i love it..........

Posted by Pallavi Dhuru January 10, 11 07:02 AM

великое достижение человеческого разума -люди стали космической расой это приведёт к осознанию объединения всего человечества в одно государство и массовое освоение космоса! спасибо за фото!!!

Posted by borodin viktor January 16, 11 04:01 AM

no words!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous January 27, 11 01:19 AM

Gilberto, (comment 925)
I imagine the astronaut going down the steps is lit by the light reflected from the suface of the moon. Remember there is so much reflected light from the moon's surface that we can see it from Earth.

Posted by V Stannard January 27, 11 05:25 PM

I have always wondered why they never show pictures of the dark side of the moon. We all know what the side facing earth looks like

Posted by Cliff Ginter February 8, 11 09:33 AM

My brother Bobby worked for a company that made parts for the Apollo 11. My mother passed away the day the Apollo 11 took off from earth. She passed away on July 18th, 1969. She never believed that the aircraft would take off. She was so proud of my brother and his work. I was 21 at the time and proud of him also.

Posted by Barbara Keseday Finley February 14, 11 10:43 AM

Sur la photo 28, on voit 2 astronautes dans la visière du casque de Aldrin et l'ombre du photographe

Posted by lucide February 15, 11 12:55 PM

nice one this helped me out a lot, very informative stuff. thank god I found !

Annie :)

Posted by EmilyBurrows March 8, 11 11:12 PM

I am extremely happy to see Man Landing On The Moon on 20th July 1969. A that time I was studying 6th standard only and I was 9 years old (2 year early admission into the school). All my teachers asked us to pray for safe landing of Armstrong and his men on the Moon. Without knowing anything, I was simply murmuring by my lips and heart that "Armstrong must have safe leading Oh God. I prayed to all Hindu gods. Yes I was happy to hear that Armstrong landed on the moon safely. After some moths all my class notes were adorned with the pictures and photos of Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins, the picture of Apollo, etc. Gone are the happiest days of my life where I was within the loving care of my beloved parents. "Small Step for a man, but a Giant leap for mankind" are the immortal words of Armstrong. Am I not right so? ceLL;9486074220, S. Padmavathi and Ganesh, India.

Posted by Padmavathi Himsagar March 10, 11 04:58 AM

#930 Cliff G, the dark side was mapped in 65, way before US, NASA landing in 69. Check any search site for 'Luna 3', and/or 'Zond 3'.
Have fun.
Thanks, and my friend for sending it on to me, now the rest of my family who had enjoyed the feat, will enjoy it again.

Posted by Roy G. March 16, 11 12:37 PM

It could be fake b-coz the flag was movin' & there is no air on the moon

Posted by iJade March 23, 11 04:43 PM

Why there are no traces of stars on pictures? Is it contrast of light, only?

Posted by e_djur March 31, 11 04:18 AM

These are truly brave men... and the entire human race would agree...

Thank You for all these pics...

Posted by Leena , Dominic April 15, 11 08:17 AM

great, but to be honest, description of second photo instead of "German scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun explains the Saturn Launch System to President John F. Kennedy during a visit" should be replaced by "Nazi-German scientist and war criminal Dr. Wernher von Braun explains the Saturn Launch System to President John F. Kennedy during a visit"

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