PHOTO COURTESY OF NASA
On July 20, 1969, Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., Lunar Landing Module Pilot of the first lunar landing poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States Flag during an Apollo 11 Extravehicular Activity on the lunar surface.The Lunar Module is on the left, and footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible in the soil of the moon. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Commander, took this picture with a 70mm Hasselblad lunar surface camera.
While Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the LM the “Eagle” to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon, Astronaut Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot, remained with the command and service modules “Columbia” in lunar orbit.
Sulphur’s Neil Mayo recently gave an extensive historical review of the Apollo 11 NASA mission that put the first human on the Moon 50 years ago.