This is what we all saw 43 years ago when Neil Armstrong, who died yesterday, first set foot on the Moon. After the famous climb down the ladder, Armstrong cavorts with crewmate Buzz Aldrin.
It still amazes me that that tiny lunar module was able to take off and rendezvous with the command module for the trip back to Earth. I remember being really nervous that something would go wrong and the lunar module would be stranded on the Moon.
Since 1972, only four years after this, no human has set foot on another celestial body.
Starts With a Bang! has some nice pictures of the landing and subsequent frolics. Oh, and there’s this statement, just issued by Armstrong’s family:
“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”