Countdown to the Moon Landing Anniversary: 4 Weeks

The second object in the countdown to the 45th anniversary of the Moon Landing is part of the international moon landing collection.  This intricately woven Iranian rug (catalog number H 72960) depicts an astronaut on the moon with the planted U.S. flag and Apollo 11 mission patch.  The words “Man’s First Print on the Moon”H72960 are woven beneath the image.  The rug’s image is so amazingly detailed that both the astronaut’s footprints and the Eagle landing module can clearly be seen.

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and their wives embarked on a worldwide Goodwill Tour, called the “Giant Leap” Tour, from September 29th to November 05th, 1969, on President Richard Nixon’s Air Force One.  During this whirlwind tour, they visited 24 international cities, including Tehran, Iran, from October 28th to 29th. This rug was presented to Neil Armstrong by Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Shahanshah (King of Kings) of Iran during this visit.  Mohammad Reza, a friend of the United States, was deposed a decade later by Ayatollah Khomeini and died in exile in Egypt in 1980.

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