Today in History: Apollo 11 Lands in the North Pacific

| July 24, 2019

ApolloScape_CastellonThe landscape painting, Apolloscape by Lettario Calamai, a noted printmaker who founded and directed the Intaglio Workshop for Advance Printmaking in New York, may be described as fantastical — inviting us to marvel not just at art, but scientific achievement. On July 24th, 1969, Apollo 11, the first flight that landed astronauts on the Moon, returned safely to Earth, splashing down into the North Pacific Ocean after more than eight days in space. Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin jettisoned from Columbia, the portion of the rocket that was named after the cannon that launched a space craft in Jules Verne’s 1865 novel, From the Earth to the Moon. The astronauts were met by Navy divers from the USS Hornet, an aircraft carrier which departed from Pearl Harbor.

The space mission was broadcast live on television throughout the world, and Neil Armstrong’s comment, “One small step for [a] man, One giant leap for mankind” has resonated for decades — significantly ending the space race and fulfilling President John F Kennedy’s national goal to send men to the moon and return them safely home.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

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