I remember that summer night in 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. I tell my kids this story, and I know that for them, it is a story from another lifetime. They are growing up knowing that man can walk on the moon, explore the surface of Mars, and that a computer is simply a household appliance.
"The first manned journey to the Moon began at Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, Florida with the liftoff of Apollo 11 at 9:32 a.m. EDT on July 16, 1969." This collection of photos, short blurbs and sound files was created by the National Space Science Data Center in 1994 to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 flight. For more detailed coverage of the historic mission, follow the links at the bottom of the page.
Contact Light5 stars
"This web site offers a nostalgic and personal look back at man's first voyages to the Moon, not from the perspective of a participant, nor from that of a historian, but instead from my own perspective as a young teenager and avid follower of the space program and Project Apollo." Kipp Teague recalls his thirteenth birthday. He remembers the embarrassment of the singing Black Angus waitresses as they delivered a cupcake topped with a sparkler, and the thrill of watching the "black & white images as Armstrong and Aldrin hopped about on the moon." "At about 1 a.m., I switched off the TV. July 20, 1969 had come to an end, and along with it had also ended my first day as a teenager."
"The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. The astronauts also returned to Earth the first samples from another planetary body." Explore Apollo 11's lunar landing with this virtual exhibit from the National Air and Space Museum. Using the left-hand nav, start with the Mission Summary, and then explore Facts, Crew, and the photo/audio/video galleries. Links to pages about the other Apollo missions can be found under "The Apollo Program."
We Choose the Moon5 stars
From the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, We Choose the Moon tells the dramatic story of Apollo 11 with animation, photos, video and mission audio. Move through the eleven stages of the mission using the Mission Tracker or navigation tabs. Make sure your speakers are on, and for the best effect, click the "full screen" icon in the upper right-hand corner. At the end of your journey (after returning to Earth) you can personalize and print a certificate of completion.
Where Were You?5 stars
"The first dusty footprints left by men on the moon were also indelible footprints left on the hearts and imaginations of the human race." Where Were You? is a collection of first-person stories submitted by readers about where they were when Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. The stories are categorized into eight chapters that are listed in the left-hand navigation menu. Do you (or someone else in your family) have a good story to add? Just follow the instructions on the "Send us Your Story" page.
Feldman, Barbara. "Apollo 11." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 10 Jul. 2012. Web. 2 Sep. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/apollo-11/ >.
By Barbara J. Feldman. Originally published July 10, 2012. Last modified March 9, 2014.
The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!