33rd Anniversary of 1st Lunar Landing
July 19, 2002
Thirty three years ago today (July 20, 1969), the Apollo 11 Mission landed 2 astronauts on the surface of the Moon. Neil Armstrong (Commander) and Buzz Aldrin (Lunar Module Pilot) sampled the lunar surface at Mare Tranquillitatis (Tranquility Base), which was selected for its relative smoothness, as Mike Collins (Command Module Pilot) orbited overhead. The photo above shows the deployment of the United States flag during the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Armstrong stands on the left at the flag's staff and Aldrin, Jr. is on the right. This photo was taken by the 16mm Data Acquisition Camera, mounted on the Lunar Module. It has been almost 1/3 of a century since this first lunar mission - we haven't been back to the Moon in 30 years. Also see the Earth Science Picture of the Day for May 24, 2001.