It was 40 years ago, today, that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon.
I still recall watching the fuzzy, black-and-white images on a small television set, with Walter Cronkite providing a running commentary. Having followed the space program through Gemini (too young to really remember Mercury), I was enthralled by the prospect of humans actually walking on and exploring the Moon. At the time I would collect newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photos, etc., all related to NASA's space program.
Over the years since, many of the data I collected has gone by the wayside. However, in rummaging through what memorabilia I have kept, I've run across the following...
My Uncle, who worked at NASA in Houston, had a friend on the USS Hornet, the aircraft carrier designated to recover the Apollo 11 astronauts (and capsule). He had his friend send me an envelope with special cancellation stamp and postmark.
Additional memorabilia, including newspaper headlines and magazine covers...
Remember the Los Angeles Herald Examiner? I have the complete first section (i.e., "A") for both the L.A. Herald Examiner and the Orange County Register.
Interesting editorial cartoon on July 21, 1969.
LIFE magazine was a photographer's delight. I've got the complete issue for the two shown above, plus several others related to the Apollo program.