"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" said astronant Neil Armstrong as he stepped down from the lunar lander, as an estimated 500 million people on Earth crowded round televisions and radios.
To celebrate this special occasion, I would like to share with you guys my collection of 4 awesome official NASA color photograph cards from the Apollo 11 Lunar landing mission. They are franked with a 10¢ First Man on the Moon Air Mail Stamp and postmarked with First Day of Issue (Sep 9, 1969) cancellation and Moon Landing Cancellation (July 20, 1969). The stamp's engraved master die was actually taken to the surface of The Moon by the astronauts!
Edwin Aldrin walking near Lunar Module, footpad in lower right corner
The deployment of the flag of the United States on surface of the Moon
Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin (left) and Neil A. Armstrong prepare for the first Lunar landing as they practice gathering rock specimens during a geological field trip to the Quitman Mountains area near the Fort Quitman ruins in far west Texas. (NASA)
The Apollo 11 flight crew are given instructions by technicians and management while undergoing the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) training and the Lunar Module walk-through in preparation for the first manned landing on the Moon. (NASA)
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, donned in his space suit, gets in more time under weightless conditions aboard a KC-135 aircraft from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. (NASA)
The space vehicle is shown here during the rollout for launch preparation. (NASA)
A pre-launch twilight photo of the The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle. It lifted off July 16, 1969 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA)
Chief astronaut and director of flight crew operations, Donald K. Slayton (right front) reviews lunar charts with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins (left), Neil Armstrong, and Edwin Aldrin (next to Slayton) during breakfast a short time before the three men launched for the first Moon landing mission. (NASA)
Apollo 11 Commander Neil A. Armstrong waves to well-wishers in the hallway of the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building. (NASA)
Every console was manned in firing room 1 of the Kennedy Space Flight Center (KSC) control center during the launch countdown for Apollo 11. (NASA)
Thousands of persons camped out on beaches and roads adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center to watch the Apollo 11 Liftoff. (NASA)
Spectators look on as Apollo 11, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins, takes off from the Kennedy Space Center, July 16, 1969. (Librado Romero/The New York Times)
NASA photo taken on July 16, 1969 shows the huge, 363-foot tall Apollo 11 Spacecraft 107/Lunar Module S/Saturn 506 space vehicle launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), at 9:32 a.m. (EDT).
The American flag heralds the flight of Apollo 11, the first Lunar landing mission. (NASA)
U.S Vice President Spiro Agnew and former President Lyndon Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11 from the stands located at the Kennedy Space Center VIP viewing site. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)
In this July 1969 file photo, most of Africa and portions of Europe and Asia can be seen in this photograph taken from the Apollo 11 spacecraft during its translunar coast toward the moon, during the month of July, 1969. Apollo 11 was already about 98,000 nautical miles from earth when this picture was made. (AP-Photo/NASA, file)
In this July 20, 1969 file photo, the Apollo 11 lunar module rises from the moon’s surface for docking with the command module and the trip back to earth. The earth can be seen rising in the background. (AP Photo/NASA, file)
An oblique of the Crater Daedalus on the lunar farside as seen from the Apollo 11 spacecraft in lunar orbit. (NASA)The Apollo 11 Lunar Module (LM) “Eagle”, in a landing configuration is photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Modules (CSM) “Columbia”. (NASA) A family watches the American astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11, setting his foot on the moon on July 21, 1969 in Paris. Hundred of millions of television viewers round the world watched this event on television. (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)
Mars next? :)