Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Apollo 11 Legacy


Apollo 11
Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin

A legacy in pictures! Click anything in this post to see the larger and more detailed versions. Want to see the space suits of the Apollo 11 crew? One was recently put up for auction in London, another is on display in the nation's capital and exhaustively immortalized in photographs, and yet another in his namesake's hometown museum.

Apollo 11 Capsule
Currently, the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia is on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

The ascent stage of the Lunar Module Eagle was jettisoned from the Command Module, and its exact impact site on the moon on July 21, 1969 remains unknown. The descent stage is still in the "Sea of Tranquility."

Apollo 11 Moon Plaque
On the moon, a plaque was left behind, signed by each of the astronauts and the President. On Earth, the commemorations -- parades, dinners, ceremonies, documentaries, movies, books, coins, stamps, toys and other commercial products -- are too many to mention... so I'll just mention one of my favorite tributes.

In southern California, all four corners of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street are graced with Hollywood "Walk of Fame" markers, saluting the first lunar landing mission. Ironically, while the word "astronaut" is derived from two Greek words meaning "star sailor," the emblems are the only ones NOT in the shape of stars! They are instead round, for the shape of the moon.

Apollo 11