History of Science Journalism


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Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin completed the greatest saga of all times, at least since the arrival of Christopher Columbus on the shores of the New World almost 500 years ago, by landing on the Moon.
The impeccably perfect, but risky Moon landing took place at 4:18 p.m. this afternoon.
A few minutes earlier, the two astronauts piloting their tiny LEM (lunar exploration model) had flown over an open space strewn with huge blocks; given the danger these land forms might represent,
they flew a short distance further than Site Number 2, meaning the area foreseen by NAS for the lunar landing.
As soon as they touched down, they were relieved to note that they were located in a flat area surrounded by craters, quite large craters measuring 50 to 60 feet in diameter.
The astronauts then commented on the rather bland tones of their surroundings, observing shades of grey, white and chalky white.
They also indicated to Mission Control, absolutely captivated and enthused by their magnificent performance,
that there were rocks and rocky outcroppings a mere 100 feet or so from their LEM and that some of these rocks were two feet across and had particularly jagged edges.
Such was the first view of the very first two men who landed on the Moon today...
And while they were communicating their fascinating findings over the microphone as they were observing them...
Aldrin also noted that the Earth was visible through one of the windows of the LEM and that it was huge, brilliant and beautiful. The LEM ...