July 20, 2019, marks 50 years since men first went to the moon. I was 23 and dating Candy Heim. Basically, I was waiting to be drafted.
1969 was the year. The Apollo 11 crew consisted of 3 men. Neil Armstrong was the commander. Buzz Aldrin was the lunar module pilot. Michael Collins was the command module pilot. The Lunar module was Eagle. The command module was Columbia.
A Saturn V rocked lifted the astronauts off the launchpad. It took 3 days to get to the moon. The astronauts orbited the moon 30 times, focusing on the Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong and Aldrin boarded Eagle, while Collins remained in Columbia. Armstrong searched for a landing spot and after some apprehensive moments, replied, "Houston, Tranquility base here, the Eagle has landed." They were on the moon!
Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon, as Collins orbited overhead. Armstrong was the first to step from the lunar module and technically the first man on the moon. A mounted TV camera recorded his descent. There was a plaque reading, "We came in peace for all mankind." Millions watched on TV. Neil uttered his famous quote with or without the "a" and collected a soil sample. 12 minutes later, Buzz climbed down to the moon's surface. Rock samples were collected and after only 21 hours, they started for home. They rendezvoused with Collins on Columbia and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. There were ticker tape parades in New York, Chicago & Los Angeles.
That iconic picture of Buzz Aldrin was taken by Neil Armstrong. We see Neil reflected in Buzz's visor. The tiny blue dot at the top of Buzz's visor is the reflected earth.
The boot print picture is not Neil's "small step." It is one of Buzz's boot prints taken by Buzz himself.
Neil and Buzz had trouble planting the American flag. The rod at the top did not want to extend, and it made the flag look like it blew in the wind. Of course, there is no atmosphere and no wind on the moon.