On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon, saying as he did, “That’s one step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” After two and a half hours on the surface of the moon conducting experiments, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin returned to the Columbia and fellow crewmember Michael Collins and began the journey back to Earth, arriving on July 24th.
The last object in our Moon Landing Countdown is a pair of cuff links (H 63264). These cuff links commemorates the moon landing with headlines from Findlay based newspaper, The Republican-Courier. The front page pictured was printed on July 21, 1969 with the headline, “Moon Walk of Astronauts Fulfills Dream of Mankind.” It features a photograph of Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon.
Forty-five years later, we are still celebrating this feat – from the Summer Moon Festival this past weekend at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, OH, to NASA’s May 2014 rededication of their flight research center in Edwards Air Force Base, CA, changing the name from the Dryden Flight Research Center to the Armstrong Flight Research Center.
You can see more moon landing and Ohio astronaut objects in person at the Ohio History Center in Columbus and the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta.
Caitlin Smith, History Collections Intern