Happy 40th anniversary, Apollo 11! July 20 marks the 40th year since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin captured the world's imagination when they stepped foot on the lunar surface. How exciting must it have been to see those first steps on television in 1969!
To commemorate the landmark event, I decided to do a News Illustrated focusing on the entire mission. My goal was to map out every step (no pun intended) from launch to splashdown. I was even fortunate to find timestamps to help tell the chronology, and used as many historical photos as possible to further tell the story. This is just one of those subjects that demand it tell its own story.
What I wish I could have included was a timeline of the whole Apollo program, but I quickly ran out of space. So to give it the justice it deserves, here's a copy of the 30th anniversary page we did in 1999 by my former colleague Dan Niblock.
And for more information, visit NASA's Apollo 11 anniversary page.
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