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One Small Spaceship for Man

Originally published July 20, 2011 LPOD-Jul20-11.jpg
Apollo 11 image AS11-37-5447 from Apollo 11 Journal Multimedia

Where were you 42 years ago? I had just returned to the US from two years in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer, and was in Boston visiting my friend Clark Chapman, a graduate student at MIT. Clark and I sprawled across his living room floor closely staring at the TV and listening to every instant of the Apollo 11 landing. We didn't see this photo until later after the crew safely returned home. It shows the command module Columbia looking about the same size as the crater later named Collins just below it. Moltke, a 6 km wide crater that we can see with backyard telescopes is visible at top right near the Hypatia Rilles, or it but we can't from Earth.

Chuck Wood

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