44 years ago today Apollo 11 brought all of us to the moon


Relive the final approach and landing of Apollo 11 with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin this short video. 

“Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Who can forget those words by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong? 44 years ago today on July 20, 1969 we stepped foot on the moon. I still get chills watching the video of the landing.

To commemorate one of humanity’s greatest achievements, we’ll revisit the scene in photos taken during that 21 hours and 36 minutes of time the first two humans spent on the moon’s surface. Some may be familiar to you but others are rarely seen.

Neil Armstrong had to manually take control of the landing craft when he saw that the designated landing site around West Crater was littered with boulders (white flecks). Armstrong piloted the module to a safe landing a short distance to the west moments before it ran out of fuel. Click to supersize. Credit: NASA

The Apollo 11 landing site photographed from low lunar orbit by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Click to supersize. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

This panorama out the window of the lander was taken about an hour and a half after the landing and part of a contingency plan to document the site in case the astronauts had to quickly depart. Click to supersize. Credit: NASA

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the footpad as he walks down to the lunar surface from the lander. Click to supersize. Credit: NASA

Part of a panoramic view of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin erecting the flag. Click for full version. Credit: NASA

Earthrise sequence taken by the Apollo 11 crew on July 20, 1969. Credit: NASA

A sampling of some of the foods taken aboard the Apollo moon missions. To prevent crumbs from floating around the cabin, many food items were cuts into cubes and coated in waxy oils. Sure doesn’t sound appetizing. Credit: NASA

More examples of food eaten by the Apollo 11 astronauts. Click to see a menu. Credit: NASA

Astronauts Neil Armstrong (left), and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr., stand by the Lunar Module ladder in this black and white reproduction taken from a telecast by the Apollo 11 lunar surface television camera on July 20, 1969. Credit: NASA

A tired but happy Neil Armstrong smiles for the camera back inside the lunar module after completing his first moonwalk. Credit: NASA

NASA’s Apollo 11 flight crew, Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot stand near the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would eventually carry them into space on July 16, 1969. Credit: NASA

Neil Armstrong strums a ukelele inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility soon after the Apollo 11 crew arrived at Ellington Air Force Base, on July 27, 1969. Click to see many more Apollo 11 images. Credit: NASA

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My name is Bob King and I work at the Duluth News Tribune in Duluth, Minn. as a photographer and photo editor. I'm also an amateur astronomer and have been keen on the sky since age 11. My modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where I'm a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Assn. and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. I also teach community education astronomy classes at our local planetarium.

9 thoughts on “44 years ago today Apollo 11 brought all of us to the moon

  1. I never really thought about it before. But 2 weeks ago, on July 4,some one told me that one of the American flags never put to half staff is the American flag on the Moon.

  2. There is another scenario that ISON might perform. And that is to be much brighter than predicted coming in, but continuing to brighten slowly to perihelion perhaps not making it to magnitude 0. If it then survives, it would slowly fade out as it departs. We will know in the next 4 months.

  3. Thanks for reminding us of the anniversary, Bob. It’s one of those occasions which you always remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news!

    Unfortunately, there are still those who believe it was all a hoax.

  4. Aloha Astro Bob and Everyone!

    I mean this from the heart, MAHALO NUI LOA (“thank you very much” in Hawaiian) for remembering and ‘blogging’ about the moon landing. It was (is) exactly a week before my 14 birthday and felt the “Apollo” phase of the “space program” was almost kind of a b-day gift from them. When you’re a young, you can imagine anything. Just as long as you remember it’s “imagining”!

    I too was lying on my stomach, on the floor, with my head cradled between my hands and was immersed like nothing else at the time. Even though I CAN believe there are those that think it didn’t really happen (personally, I believe you can find just about ANY type/kind of person you can imagine in a world of 7 BILLION, anyway), I just ignore anyone with that type of thinking. It DID happen and I, personally, believe it did. I saw it and believe what I saw was real and happening. No reason not to believe it…so.

    The moon landing was one of those moments that make one of “lifes’ landmarks”, so to speak. Again, thanks for the great moment(s) to remember, Mr. Bob King.

    Aloha For Now!

  5. I was only 4 but, I do remember watching it and still have the image in my head of it on the old Motorola. Recently my dad passed and he kept everything! While home in May, I came across the Boston globe from that day. I thought it was a pretty cool thing to find. I guess this was one good thing to keep around!
    I enjoy the blog Bob. Keeping many people in touch with the latest news from the heavens and reminding us of the past,
    Thanks,Chris

      • Aloha Astro Bob and Everyone!

        Funny how “time” just keeps on going, isn’t it?

        Not only do I wish I’d kept a ‘Minneapolis Star’ or even the ‘Minneapolis Tribune’ (or both!), I wish I’d kept every “new” thing that I bought…but, alas, I was young and not as “intelligent” then, so…

        Maybe next time…! (?) ;-} lol!

        Aloha For Now!

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