Tuesday, July 20, 1999

Headline: 'Footsteps on moon!'

        Thirty years ago, Apollo 11 put the first men on the moon. This week the Enquirer is recapping coverage of the historic flight.

        Neil Armstrong jumped down onto the lunar surface and said his famous words about that one small step. But then he described what he had stepped on:

        “The surface is fine and powdered, like powdered charcoal to the soles of my boot ... I can see my footprints of my boot in the fine particles.”

        It was July 20, 1969, and Mr. Armstrong had just become the first human to set foot on the moon. Back on Earth, more than 500 million people watched as Mr. Armstrong and then Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin explored the landing area and collected rock and soil samples.

        The landing had been tense, with Mr. Armstrong taking the controls to pass over a rocky site and find a clear place to set down. When the Eagle landed, it had 45 seconds of fuel left.

        “FOOTSTEPS ON MOON!” the Enquirer's lead headline proclaimed. “America Sighs In Pride, Relief” read a head on Page 2. A story inside looked ahead to humanity's future in space and included a drawing of a possible permanent underground moon station: “ ... connected units are planned for use in late 1970s,” the caption read.


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