4:18 today, July 20th, 2013, will mark the 44th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing.
Forty four years ago today I sat in front of a Black and White RCA television and watched the by no means certain conclusion of one of mankind’s greatest achievements. Science Fiction had come true. Man had left the earth in a spaceship and landed on another heavenly body. If you weren’t there, you have no idea of what it was like to watch Walter Cronkite fumble for words, give up and join the rest of the world in weeping with joy.
The following photographic history of the mission, images taken by NASA photographers (there is an extensive collection here), may convey some of the feelings that I am at a loss to express.