Monday, July 21, 2014

Apollo 11: 45 Years Later

The Lunar Landing


Neil Armstrong descending the nine-rung ladder of the lunar module on July 20, 1969.
Photo Credit: NASA;
Polaroid image of slow scan television monitor at Goldstone Station. S69-42583. Source: NASA
On July 20, 1969, I was 11; I remember this day well. Our whole family gathered that mid-afternoon (around 4 pm) in the living room in front of our b&w console TV watching the lunar landing and later on that evening (around 11 pm) the lunar walk of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (Michael Collins was piloting the command spacecraft); who can forget the immortal words that Armstrong said when taking his first steps on the moon. It was one those unforgettable moments that you always remember. For more of that day and the Space Race, see here.