40th Anniversary of the
First Men on the Moon

True American Heroes
Buzz Aldrin - Michael Collins - Neil Armstrong

Speakers on for Fly Me to the Moon  -- Click on thumbnail photos to enlarge.
We were there for the launch!

Items scanned below are from a 40 year old scrapbook made by then eight year old Lisa Smith (now Hoover), my daughter, who was really into space travel in her Brownie Girl Scout Troop. We made the journey from Jacksonville, Florida to Cape Kennedy to witness the historic launch to the moon.

Lisa 1969


Left: Lisa Hoover 2009 with sons Michael and Joey Hoover, ages 19 and 17. Joey would like to be a NASA Engineer

Left: Thousands of people eager to witness history in the making lined along the shores of the Indian River for a good view of the launch pad.  above right

      Bettye Chambers, Buford, GA

Click on scrapbook page thumbnails to enlarge and read some or the reporting by the Jacksonville Florida Times Union for July 16 - July 20, 1969.  All newspaper articles are the original from the  Florida Times-Union and are very yellow and fragile now ;- )

July 16, l969


No countdown was
Read famous quote from
Von Braun

Wives of





Isolated Collins'
lonely vigil in


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Where were you on July 16, 1969, when the
astronauts took off from Cape Kennedy in Florida? 

Where were you on July 20, 1969 when the first men walked on the moon? 
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Left:  actual stamp


1969 Fast Facts: Apollo 11's Historic Moon Landing

Sunday, July 19, 2009

U.S. astronauts landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

An estimated half billion television viewers--at that time, the largest audience ever-watched.

Neil Armstrong descended from the lunar module and became the first person to walk on the moon.

As Armstrong walked on the moon he declared "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

A massive three-stage Saturn V booster rocket launched Apollo 11 on its lunar mission on July 16, 1969.

After orbiting the earth for several hours, the third stage of the Saturn rocket was fired, sending Apollo 11 toward the moon.

The spacecraft, which now consisted of a command and service module (CSM) and a lunar module (LM), orbited the moon for a day before the LM, with Armstrong and Air Force Colonel Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin on board, was separated from the CSM and began its descent to the moon.

Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Michael Collins, the CSM pilot, remained in lunar orbit.

The LM, dubbed "Eagle," touched down on the moon's surface on July 20.

About 6 hours later, Armstrong and Aldrin donned their spacesuits and exited the LM.

After practicing walking on the moon the astronauts deployed various equipment for scientific experiments.

The astronauts collected about 50 pounds of lunar rocks and soil. T

Television cameras that the astronauts had mounted on the moon's surface broadcast live images of their activities to viewers around the world.

Following their 2.5 hour moonwalk, Armstrong and Aldrin blasted off from the moon on July 21, leaving behind a U.S. flag and a plaque bearing the inscription: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."

In a lunar orbit rendezvous, Armstrong and Aldrin joined Collins in the CSM and set the LM adrift in space.

The Apollo 11 crew safely splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24.

U.S astronauts would return the moon's surface five more times through December 1972

View the following:

Apollo 11 mission to the moon - the event in actual photos
View Apollo 11 - One Small Step Video.




Web page by
Bettye C.
July 21, 2009