Walter J. Wolfe
I was 3-weeks into Basic Training at Fort Dix when the commandant gave everyone on the post a three-day weekend.. My wife [of ten months] picked me up at Fort Dix and we landed at a motel about 40-miles from Ocean City, New Jersey. This is where watched the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon.
I was working at KSC. I was on the launch team.
I was soulless, floating in the abyss during this momentous occasion, as it was nearly 5 years before I was born. Nonetheless, this event loomed large in my life. I was brought up in a world where it was possible to walk on the moon. The technology created in the Apollo program allowed me to take transformational technology for granted. The best minds worked on a large problem, and solved it. I thank Buzz, Neil and Michael for their courage and dedication.
Julian E Gomez
At an afternoon pool party the ‘rents had taken us to. Dad worked at NASA at the time, I have his Apollo mission pin in a safe place. For some reason, the adults and my sisters were doing things around the party. I couldn’t understand that, I was glued two feet away from the TV, and nothing was going to budge me. There were men ON THE MOON!!!! You bet I wasn’t going to miss an instant.
I was on summer vacation after 1st grade in Dallas. I watched all the network coverage from launch to splashdown. I happily performed my duties as the remote control to channel surf between the three networks. In the evening of July 21st, after the Eagle had landed, I went into the backyard and looked at the moon through my father’s telescope. I wondered in awe what it was like up there in the Lunar Module. I was allowed to stay up past bedtime to watch the entire EVA, a big deal at the time.
I was camping with my family the summer of 1969. I was such a fan of the space program and I couldn’t wait for the walk on the moon. My Dad had brought a small B&W TV so we could watch the major events. On July 20, I celebrated my 11th birthday. That evening, we realized that the moon walk was going to happen … on my 11th birthday! At first I thought it was a birthday gift from NASA for me. Hey, I was 11 years old! My Dad gently told me that it wasn’t. We did the best we could to watch those historic steps on our little TV. Between the fuzzy broadcast and the fuzzy reception, it was tough going but we managed and did not complain. This was HISTORY after all. To this day, I get rather emotional every time I see any footage from the Apollo 11 mission. But nothing will compare to that night, watching it live in our small camping trailer on our small TV.
About to make my entrance into this world. In the UK because we are 5 hours ahead Neil and Buzz actually stepped onto the Moon on the 21st July so I can say it was the day before I was born. All the time I was growing up my mum told me about the two significant things in her life happening barely 24 hours apart, Man landing on the Moon and her first child being born. So as a kid I grew up just loving anything to do with space exploration and the stars. Thank you Mum, Buzz and Neil and I’m grateful that two of you are still with us.
When Apollo 11 touched down at 9.18pm British time, I was watching TV with my parents in Newcastle upon Tyne in North-East England. Later, my parents went to bed but I forced myself to stay awake, My father came down to watch the first Moonwalk with me at 3.56am British time. It was a night I will never forget. I was 17 years old.
My Mum let my brothers and l stay home from school in Melbourne Australia.
Being 8 years old didn’t realise the magnitude of the event.
We had bunk beds and being the oldest l slept on top.
We had a ladder to the floor and this was continually used to replicate Neil and Buzz.
My little brother complained because he was stuck in the command module.
In my cot, I was born in March 1969 to two magnificent parents.
Herman van Egten
I was at a Fair with my family in Amersfoort ( The Netherlands), we watched the landing on the moon at a big screen at the Fair. I remember even though I was only 7 at the time their was a huge BUZZ about it, I personally never forget that moment in time 🙂
VICTOR SUNSTAR astronomer
My first wife ( now ex ) n I were in an apartment in Phoenix Arizona watching on our black and white TV… Meant mucho to me cause ever since HS I had been following all NASA flights including one time — listening to Mercury flights on a small rocket shaped crystal radio…
I was 7 yrs old. My parents, sister & I all gathered in front of the old RCA console TV and watched. I was riveted and my love affair with science continued to flourish!
Where was I?! I was that kid, 12yrs old with a Tasco telescope who somehow figured out how to hook up my Dad’s Pentax to it & photograph all sorts of stuff in space. Lots of the moon but solar & lunar eclipse’ too. Me & my brother could spot new car models a 1/4 mile away; in the dark; from behind. All things that went fast then was Boss! Heck, I even grew up in the same town Wally Schirra did along w/ a family friend, Mr. Forester a retired USAF test pilot who flew the first real US jet, the P80 as well as the super cool P38 during the war.
So, where was I in July 69? Well, I don’t know what they were thinkn’, something about building character, but my parents decided I should spend two weeks in some God Forsaken place called a Boy Scout Camp that my Dad later said looked like it could give Buchenwald a run for its money. But worst of all, with 20 miles between me & the nearest TV, Me! The Kid w/ a Tasco MISSED THE WHOLE THING!!!!!
I still look up all the time amazed by the whole thing; truly Awesome that big giant celestial time piece called space. Thanks for being part of it.
My mother and I were at Quincy City Hospital in Massachusetts, and I was born while Apollo 11 was in flight towards the moon. My mom still reminds me of how nurses would come into her room often. At first she thought it was to check on her adorable newborn son but later realized they were more interested in seeing the news on TV about the status of the U.S. astronauts voyage to the moon. Sharing my birthday with this historic event has given me a sense of connection and interest in the space race, and I still find inspiration in the courage, perseverance, and determination it took to accomplish the monumental feat of mankind walking on the moon.
Jon Paul Sank
I had just turned 11 years old on July 11, 1969. I was an eager space fan all through Gemini and Apollo. Certainly I tried not to miss a minute of Apollo XI. The first step was late at night, and I could barely stay awake, but I would have put bamboo shoots to hold my eyes open if I had to. I was in bed in the upstairs front room of my grandmother’s house in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Sure enough, I did get to see the moon walk on a little black and white TV. I remember the words, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Yeah, that’s right, I said I heard “a man”, not just “man”! The next morning I made sure to grab a newspaper with the huge front=page headline. I read all the Apollo XI stuff. I found it very strange that the paper left the “a” out. Can’t they get a simple quote right? Their version didn’t even make sense! Neil Armstrong was ONE man, A man, taking that small step, and with that came the giant leap for us all. In defense, I would remind everyone that “a” is a very small word, so if you don’t enunciate it very carefully, it can blend in with the “for”. Add to that the fact of the voice being turned into a signal and sent a quarter-million miles to Earth, and you have a plausible explanation of why the journalists thought they heard only “man”. I distinctly remember being very sure that I heard “for a man” and thinking it odd how the newspapers got it wrong the very next day.
Paul Joseph Grant
My mother went into labor with me while she and my father were watching the landing. Her first question after I was delivered? Not “Is it a boy or girl” (this was before fetal ultrasound was common) Not “Is the baby healthy?” No, it was “Did they get off the moon okay.” So glad you all did and looking forward to turning 50 because of it. Thanks for making my birthday so memorable.
I was in Our first home in Miami Florida with my father my uncle me and my lil sis around the TV Set I was Seven years old and remember learning all about the Apollo 11 mission that year in school and to this day there has ever. Been a more monumental moment for man kind as the day the eagle landed on the moon surface.
I was 10 years old and had traveled from our Hertfordshire home to stay for a few months in Liverpool with my Uncle and Aunt. My mum had been seriously ill with cancer, being treated in Barts Hospital., London (she died two months before the moon landing). We didn’t realise that the ‘first steps’ were being made late that evening and I’d gone to bed. I woke in the morning and before going to school, vividly remember watching the news coverage on the small black and white TV in the front room lounge of my Uncle’s house in Penny Lane, L18.
Watching on tv with my family not knowing my father had worked on the booster rockets on the Saturn and methods to get to the moon. He didn’t tell us until 20 years later. He was away on business for days and we never knew where. We found letters from his engineering dept. and NASA after he passed away.
I was obviously somewhere in the cosmos I believe. But my dad was just one year old and was getting pampered in my granny’s hands in an Indian village near Hyderabad with no idea about what a Moon Landing was.
But I do feel nostalgic to believe that it’s been 50 years already. But I am very glad to say that I hosted a Toastmasters session on Jul 20 last year at 9.45 AM IST with the theme ‘Mission to Moon’ to celebrate the historic Moon Landing. I cheered for You, Neil and Michael from the meeting hall in Mumbai. It was truely a Delightful moment.
In Germiston, South Africa. I listened on the radio with my dad. South Africa did not have TV at the time but I was able to go to the library where they showed footage captured from the entire flight on a film screen the day after each event. Still one of my favorite memories.
Richard F Gorton
In awe and riveted to the TV and radio at young age of 23, this was History in the making, Living in Phoenix,AZ recently married and employed by an Aerospace Company, Sperry Flight Systems. Had to have this event on tape, with a reel to reel tape recorder, bought the largest reel of tape and recorded the entire event! Still have this recording and the Sony recorder. At this 50th Anniversary, I shall play that unmistakable statement for my grandchildren, Tranquility Base Here, the Eagle has landed and, when Armstrong stepped off the ladder onto the Surface of our Moon. It’s burned into my memory, That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.! as it is to others who were old enough to remember, recording their memory here. Thank you! Commander Aldrin for your example and this opportunity to express our experience.
living in Australia I couldn’t be more further away from the world, I was 6 years of age and my dad was laid up in bed suffering pneumonia, i sat on the end of his bed watching the landing and walk on the moon on our new black and white TV, it was magnificent. I was lucky enough to meet the great Buzz Aldrin one of my hero’s in Melbourne last year, if only I could have met JFK I would have ticked my hero boxes for life. Thanks to all the of the space pioneers and thanks for the life long memories.
David T Stafford
Alert Bay, British Columbia when it launched. Watched the moon walk on the only TV in Port Hardy, British Columbia.
I was born on July 19, 1969 at about 5:00 A.M EDT. The final preparations were being made for the first moonwalk, and I’ve felt a deep connection this monumental achievement by our country. All of those who sacrificed to strive helped create the world I was born into — and I’ve carried that “astronaut spirit” with me my entire life.
I lived in Bethpage, Long Island, New York, right next to Grumman Corporation who designed and built the LEM. I was 15 years old at the time and had several neighbors who were engineers and technicians working on the Grumman LEM program in Bethpage. It inspired me to become the Mechanical Engineer and Aerospace Engineer I am today working in the Satellite Communications industry. Obviously I was glued to the TV for the entire mission. In my opinion the moon landing remains the greatest achievement of mankind and I hope to be alive long enough to see manned exploration of Mars and other planets. Humans were built to explore. It is in our DNA.
I was sitting in my parents living room with Mom, Dad and my brother watching it on TV. It was a great sight to see.
Sharon Frain Novinger
I was born 9:07 am on July 16,1969 at Ft Monmouth, NJ, right when Apollo 11 was blasting off. After I made my appearance my mom has told me that she saw a lot of doctors and nurses, including those aiding her, running to the one tv on the floor so they could witness history. My baby scrapbook is full of Apollo 11 articles and photos. Apollo 11 has been and will always be a part of my life and my story! And yes, I’m looking forward to turning 50 too!!
My family was in Monterey Park, California visiting my aunt for a few days. I was eleven years old and very excited. I got to see the launch live on a color T. V. ABC provided 34 hours straight coverage of the landing, I was blessed to see Neil Armstrong’s first steps the moon and the entire moonwalk (live on T.V.), followed by Aldrin’s descent,. I remember the real time transmission of Armstrong and Aldrin’s walk very vividly. The grainy black and white pictures made them look like ghosts. Live T.V. coverage proceeded covering the return of the LM to the Command Module and then trans-earth injection. It was the first time ever I did not have to go to bed at 9 am. My parents considered it an educational experience, which it was. I consider myself very privileged to have seen what hundreds of millions of people throughout the prior ages could only dream about. A few weeks later I had the honor of meeting Colonel Aldrin in his Air Force uniform at the Camelot Theater in Palm Springs, California. “The real hero of Apollo 11 is Buzz Aldrin Buzz has generously given of his time sharing the first moon landing with three generations of Americans. Real heroes love their fans and wish to share their unique experiences with as many people as possible”.
James T. McGinty
July 16, 1969 I was 21 and 0n maneuvers with my Marine Corps squadron VMF 511 in the swamps at USMCA Cherry Point NC.
They had a TV set up in one of the tents and I watched Buzz Aldrin step down the ladder onto the moon. Little did I know that I would personally meet Buzz at his book signing “Magnificent Desolation”, at the Philadelphia library in 2010. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would
My Dad and I drove to Florida from Texas to see the launch. We camped on the shore of the Indian River so that we would have a good view that morning. Incredible sight to witness that Saturn 5 lift off. Then we drove home to Rusk Texas, to watch the landing live. I will treasure those memories forever.
I was just 9 years old at summer camp @kilkoocamp. Only the cabin leaders, elected by our peers, were allowed to watch the landing on the Chief’s small black and white TV.
I was at home with my father in Basel, Switzerland watching the first Moon Landing.
Roger K Moore
At home in Swanage UK. I was 17, and I stayed up all night with my Dad to watch the landing on our black-and-white TV.. I took a couple of screenshots with my Box Brownie camera – one of the landing and the other of Neil’s first step – both of which I still treasure.
I was at my home in Belgrade ex yugoslavia watching TV direct from USA and Moon.
I was a 14 year old English schoolgirl swinging on our garden gate in Manchester England, it was 3 o’clock In the morning and I was waving at Buzz on the moon. My heart was bursting, my whole life ahead of me, if those men could do THAT anything was possible.
Apollo 11’s moon landing happened during my first stay in The Netherlands when I was 8 years old. My father woke me up so that I could witness this great moment. Regrettably, I only remember the wake up moment and the ‘disturbed’ black and white footage of an astronaut who stands on the moon. Though, though it must have been impressive because I’ve read many books and documentaries thereafter. The following moon missions had my full attention where others lost their interest. Until today, the moon landings are fascinating me.
In the living room of our house in Sacramento California. I was 12. It was awesome knowing I was observing a moment that would forever alter history. The whole world was riveted.
I was working in Yosemite National Park- I remember that night watching the moon from the valley floor and feeling awe and amazement! I had no idea what was happening until a visitor to the park shared the news! It was a life changing moment for me.
PJ Church Lynn
Working as a waitress in the Suburban Diner, Paramus, NJ to save money for Rutgers University tuition, which was $600 a year – those were the days, my friend! Several years ago we saw Buzz Aldrin at the Sky Tower in Auckland, NZ where we have lived for 24 years – wish we could have gotten his autograph then, but I have a photo wearing a space suit on the moon!!! We are fortunate to have a gorgeous view of Auckland city, harbor and the Sky Tower from our house … hubby DK worked on the General Dynamics Galileo and Martin Marietta TDRS project for NASA – I love my Fly Boy from the USAF Academy Class of 1969!!!
I was an Air Force wife in West Berlin holding my infant son in my lap and watching the landing on Armed Forces TV. I was never so proud of my country as I was then! Thanks for jogging my memory and for reminding me that this nation can accomplish great things!
Robert T Anderson
I was 9 years old. I remember it very well. I was living in Missouri and days were spent riding bikes and playing sports. My older brother and our parents watched the whole thing. The next day when I went outside to play my mom made me come back inside to watch the replays. She said I would never forget this event and she was right. She wanted to make sure I saw as much as I could. The best of times for sure.
Gerald F. Miller
My dad and my brother were at the Phillies game in Phillies’ Conne Mack Stadium. The Phillies lost.We had gone on the train from Wilmington.. After the game we had to take a cab to north Philly station to catch a train back to Wilmington. We got home in time to see the first man on the moon on our basement TV. I was sixteen years old.. I am now sixty six.. God Bless You all.
I was home in Montreal Canada, 19 years old glued to my b&w TV set from lift off to return only sleeping few hours and eating pizza when there were no activities. I was waiting this moment for so long so it was out of the question i’d miss anything .
I remember friends passing by asking, ” are they on the moon yet” and I would say,I ended up having about 20 people
sitting down on the floor watching Neil and Buzz coming down the latter. Boy those were the days. I’ll bet anything the first man or women on mars won’t be as thrilling
I was an apprentice chef at Steinburg, near Itzehoe Germany.
We were at my grandparents’ cottage near Kenora, Ontario, Canada. I don’t remember the the launch but I have vivid memories of the landing. I was 7 years old and we all were gathered around an old black and white TV set (the same one I used years later to watch Star Trek on). It set me on a path to the sciences that I still follow to this day.
I made a tent with sheets in my bedroom. Wichita Kansas. A small TV in my homemade tent. Watching the landing and walks. Oh my. A wonderful experience. I’m now 61 living in Benicia CA.
I was 10 and we were on vacation in the US. I’m Canadian. We watched the events and the first walk on a B&W TV in a Holiday Inn. A few weeks ago, I bought a photo of Buzz Aldrin and the flag. It is autographed by Buzz and the photo was taken by Neil on the Moon. #bucketlist
Eric L. Martin
I remember sitting in my father’s home, and watching it on black and white TV. I was only 2 years old, and so the memory is not all that fresh. However, I remember only seeing parts of it, namely, the launch and landing, and a few other parts. I found that it was incredibly nice to me that it happened as i was still so young. I do have more details which I could share later if worthwhile. I’m glad it worked!
I was 12 years old at home in Santa Monica, CA on the day of the landing. I sat in front of the TV watching intently. I knew this was going to be something very important and something that I would remember forever. I sat there holding my dog as they landed. I followed Buzz mostly and I’m not sure why, but he was and still is my hero.
Over forty two years ago I was a seven year old boy standing at the edge of the ocean watching Apollo 11 blast-off atop of the awesome Saturn V. I had seen other launches on television, memorized the names of astronauts, and knew more about rockets than every other kid in my neighborhood. My friends back home were watching on tv while I was actually there! I was feeling the power of that Saturn V first stage as it streaked into the blue Florida sky and I will never forget the summer of 1969*.
Watching it live on black & white tv. Absolute magic. To this day, my favourite tv moment of all time.
Boeing in Huntsville. Boeing built the Saturn V first stage and was under contract to NASA to do all the analysis on it. My job was lift off (hold down arms and tower clearance) analysis and inflight dynamic analysis. Once the first stage separated my job was over.
My Great Aunt sewed the flag that was put on the moon. She was a seamstress for Eder Flag Company.
I was 7. My younger sisters had to go to bed, but my mom and dad promised me that if I could get them to sleep, I would be allowed to come out to the living room of my grandparents’ summer home, which I now own, to watch that historic moment. I was so determined to watch you land on the moon, I took my sisters to bed early and made sure they went right to sleep, and got to watch the whole thing. It’s one of the only memories I have from that age.
Jyotin (Joe) Mehta
I was in Clear Lake, Texas. I worked at the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center. I was a young engineer assigned on the LM and LLTV simulators where the Apollo 11 Astronauts trained. My wife Neela and I were newly married and we will never forget that “Man on the Moon” moment. I felt incredibly proud and fortunate to be able to make a small contribution as part of the larger Apollo 11 team. I will pass this legacy to my 6 year old grandson!
Like so many of us, I was up late on that Sunday night, sitting on our couch, all of seven years old, watching it live on our black and white television, in Queens, NYC. Watched almost every minute from launch to slashdown. I can still vividly recall CBS news announcing “The Eagle has landed.” Joined the USAF 12 years later, and still damn proud to be an American. Buzz, Thank you for your service to America.
I was almost four years old and I remember my mother calling me inside to watch news coverage of the landing and telling me it would be very important for me to remember. I surely do! Coincidentally my youngest son was born on the 30th anniversary..July 20, 1999….
Dr. Peter Broxham
I was nearly 7 and we were all sitting on the cold wooden floor of our grade 2 classroom in a small country town in Australia called Bundanoon. Even at that age I knew we were watching something special.
I remember sitting in my father’s home, and watching it on black and white TV. I was only 2 years old, and so the memory is not all that fresh. However, I remember only seeing parts of it, namely, the launch and landing, and a few other parts.
I found that it was incredibly to me that it happened as i was still so young. I do have more details which I could share later if worthwhile. I’m glad it worked!
The parental units bought a tv just so we could watch those steps! I think that was true for so many people: Suddenly seeing was as important as hearing. You brought the moon into our living rooms! Know what else? We clearly knew Russia was not our ally.
My father woke me up and brought me out to the TV at our cottage in Nova Scotia so I could witness the history. I am so grateful to him for doing that. I still have a 45 recording of the moon landing and also the REVELL model he spent all of Christmas Day putting together with me
James A. Jones Jr.
I came home on leave from the Vietnam War to find my family huddled around the TV watching the moon coverage. We were all amazed.
I was Eight years old, and my Grandaddy said ”Judy from here on in the world will be a different place, mark my words big changes ahead.” I didn’t really get what he was saying, but I was mesmerized with what I was seeing. Seeing the American Flag on the Moon was the biggest wow moment, as an Eight year old would know a wow moment, but being an INFJ child it affected me deeply. I asked my Grandaddy, ”how did the Astronauts get there” and he said, ”They’re inspiration, they’re minds, they’re slide rulers, and they’re determination.” It made such an impression that I can still feel what I felt when I watched it, and can remember the conversation as it was happening.
I was a kindergartner. My Mom called me inside, sat me down on the floor in front of our tiny black-and-white TV, and explained to me how important this event was, and how no one had ever walked on the moon before.
My family and I were in London on our way to Denmark for my father’s sabbatical. We watched the landing with a huge crowd of people on the sidewalk. Someone had put their television in a storefront window so all could see.
Lying in my baby recliner, in front of TV, watching the transmission and according to my mother, making excited noises. I have been an avid space exploration enthusiast ever since!
I remember watching the launch on grainy black-and-white TV. They would let us watch it in class sometimes. Magical time in history.
Richards-Gebauer Air Force Base. Dad was an Air Force Fighter Pilot just returning from flying F-4 combat missions at DaNang Air Base with the 366th Gunfighters and the 390th Fighter Squadron. He would soon give me the oath of enlistment into the Air Force. So very proud to be an American that day…and every day!🇺🇸👍👏🏻
What a great moment of History! I am proud to have seen your landing on the Moon when I was only 5 years old. I wished to be an astronaut. I remember playing with a toy version of the Saturn V and the Eagle Lander. I will never be tired to say to you Buzz Aldrin: You are my hero.
I was watching TV with my dad when you were there and (it being way past midnight here) I could also see the moon through the window. It was a mighty moment of awe. I was 9 years old. #neverforget
My parents called my little brother and I into the family room and we scrambled in quickly. We both sat on the floor mesmerized by shadowy astronaut in the grainy black and white footage. I remember feeling absolutely awestruck and when Neil Armstrong said “one small step for man…”. I remember thinking on his words for a moment until the meaning made itself clear in my young mind “…one giant leap for mankind.”
When it was over, I ran outside to see if I could spot Neil and Buzz walking around up there!! My father worked for NASA until he retired a few years ago. He was assigned to several lunar projects such as LCROSS and LADEE that continued after that immeasurably historic day.
Sitting on the living room floor watching it on the news.
I was at music camp at West Virginia University in Morgantown WV. We all gathered in the lobby to watch on a tiny television. I still remember that night.
My Mom always told this story, I wasn’t around yet, about my oldest brother. At the very moment Neil stepped on the moon, my brother stuck his hand in a metal fan so she missed it all. He was fine for the record.
I was 18 months old and teething. My mother told me how she sat up through the night and watched it with me so my Dad could get a good night’s sleep for work the next morning. Might explain my love of science and space exploration
I was in the state of Washington I was 4 years old and my mother had it on the radio while my dad was away in the fields working she listened to it and made us sit there and listen to it with her : HISTORY in one giant step………… .
I was a young USMC Pfc, at the USO in NYC, watching with dozens of others! Astronauts and NASA folks are my heroes! It was a time of hope during the Viet Nam War, and after the assassinations of JFK, MLK, RFK, and others. From sadness to hope & joy! Ad astra…
I was five years old and in the UK was not allowed to stay up live but watched reruns and any broadcasts on the big old black and white TV at school through the following day. The Apollo programme, especially 11, made me become a scientist … about to notch up 30 years as an academic at the University of Liverpool.
I was 17 years away from that historic moment! But wish I would have been there!
Franklin S Werren
And I was watching you from a State Park near Syracuse NY on a small tv running on a generator and looking at the moon over my shoulder!!! And I was amazed as a 14 yr old could be.
I was at work in the Army MARS station, AB8AD, on Di An Army base in South Vietnam. We had orders to stand-down and not transmit on our assigned frequencies during the time of your flight. Fortunately for us, we had no orders saying we couldn’t listen!
True story….at the exact moment you took your first steps on the moon, so did I. Even being a one year old I remember!
49 years ago today like everyone else I was watching Coronation Street and the news headlines that man had landed on the moon…
Captain Ray Gephart
I clearly remember my father making me go over to the neighbors house (Barb and George) to watch it. I did not want to, being a eight year old kid, but my father insisted telling me “ some day you will remember this and be glad you watched it”. Boy was he right about that one. Crawfordsville Indiana. Proud American , Purdue graduate and current Continuing Lecture.
I was in primary school and we watched it on TV 🙂
At a Summer Camp in a tiny fishing village in Rowy, Pomerania, Poland, with about 120 other 10-15 year old kids. As one of the eldest I stayed up till late to watch the grainy black and white transmission on a small tv set. Was so proud of this achievement, it were some of the best moments of my life !
I was born on the morning of July 16, 1969 — as Apollo 11 was blasting off for the moon!
You absolutely were! I was 18 years old and my family and I were glued to the TV while you made history. It was a brave and wondrous thing you did, Mr. Aldrin, and to this day a magical memory for me.
I was nine years old at home in Alabama watching on a nineteen inch TV with my family. It was awesome.
I was ten years old & I was in a neigbour house in Santiago, Chile, where we pay for watching tv. Only few people had tv at home. We saw the moon landing and Armstrong going ladder down an did his first step and following walking around there with Buzz. Images where B&w ¬ enough clear and no body there understand English transmission. I learned some of English several year later. Everything was very surprising and wonderful. I’m a space race fan. I’m 60 years old now.
Greetings Buzz, you are a real hero of 20 Century. A huge hug. José//
John David Tiller
Thank you I watched you land on old B&W TV. Spellbound for certain!
I was at my grandmother’s house with all my aunts, uncles & cousins. It was beyond anything that I could ever have imagined. We were all stupefied & speechless.
Bill D Robinson
In my house in Highland, IN. Thrilled beyond my expectations. At eighty-one years old I still can’t get my neurology around this fantastic event! I want to add that even at my age Buzz is still one of my heroes. Now and again I watch the DVD, “The Wonder of it All” and am left spellbound.
One can see in the astronaut’s countenances a mature seriousness that most people never come to. One exception and that would be Major Dick Winters from the movie “Band of Brothers”.
Tom and Sue Ellen
I was hurrying back to New Jersey in my Dad’s old VW with my brother and a good friend to watch the moon landing after being in Florida to see the launch. It was all well worth the drive and unforgettable.
I was in Taormina, Sicily with the SECNAV as he talked directly to the men on the moon. I was his driver for his visit to Sicily.
In front of the tv!
At the age of 16, I was at home watching the landing on CBS with Walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra but I also set up a 3″ reel tape recorder to record the NBC radio broadcast. The moment when CAPCOM Charlie Duke said “Eagle, Houston, you are go for landing over” and the following events are the most thrilling things I have ever heard.
In Denmark, watching tv!
Asleep in bed until my mum woke me up in the dead of night, to watch the event on a very grainy black & white television and have been in love with science & science fiction ever since. I was 6 at the time!
I was at Jodrell Bank, a little older than yourself and watching grainy pictures on a large TV or screen. Posted a special postcard to ourselves from JB with a special stamp. Must find my diary for that year.
Literally, this is on of my first memories! I was actually almost 3. 🙂
I remember watching it on our 1st B&W TV, excited because our Honeysuckle Creek telemetry station was transmitting the signals.
As a four year old, I saw you take those steps. I’ll forever be grateful that I lived in the timeline that included you and the other heroes for science that made that journey.
I was a kid on the prairies when man landed on the moon.
I was at Sea Crest apartments on Siesta Key, FL with my parents and sister. My Dad got me a Telescope for my birthday, I got it early so we could look at Moon during your landing on the Moon! I was going to be 9…My Dad was teasing us kids that he saw you guys waiving to us when he was looking at the moon to get it focused.
A small child (10), standing with my dad looking up at the moon, next to a gate in a Weymouth (UK) field whilst on holiday. Happy times.
I was 10. Watched with wonder in the living room at home in Omaha with all 3 brothers, Mom and Dad. It… was…. amazing…
I was 10 years old looking at it on tv with my parents and sister, sitting on the living room floor. Also waiting for Batman and Robin to come on.
I was back in Midland,Texas watching on our old RCA tv/record player combo, with chills as the first step was taken!
I have a photo of my father lying on top of a nuclear bunker in Berlin with the radio beside him as Neil Armstrong’s famous words were broadcast.
I was 9, and my bedtime was 10PM (ET), so my parents sent me to bed an hour before the first step outside the LEM. That prompted loud protests on my part, which they ignored. A few minutes after going to bed, I sneaked back out to the living room, where the TV was, and watched from the doorway behind my parents, where they very pointedly ignored my presence, including my shout when Armstrong stepped onto the moon.
I had been at my uncle’s house seeing it at a black and white TV. That summer, in August I hitchhike with my brother to Paris and England. Everything was possible. And also that summer, in September, I met my first wife, an american girl from Chicago, who was studying in Madrid, Spain. Everything was possible after they went to the moon.
Huntsville, Al was (is) “ The Rocket City.” I was 8 years old. My dad was an engineer with NASA working on the Saturn V instrument unit. On my 6th birthday, Jan 27th 1967 the Apollo 1 fire had occurred. I also remember Blossomwood Elementary School being shaken by the S F1 engine tests at Marshall Space Flight Center. And here we were in our pajamas on the floor watching this shadowey black and white picture from the moon. I do remember that the landing itself was much more suspenseful than the actual first steps, but didn’t appreciate why until i was older. Hard to imagine it was 50 years ago. Even more fascinating is that we did it with much less computing power than is on the iPhone I’m typing on. Makes the ingenuity of all the people who designed the Apollo system, and the guys with “the right stuff” to ride it, even more awe inspiring! I hope mankind can continue to find the courage to continue this type of exploration. As JFK said a full 7 seven years prior, “We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.”
Luis M Pascual
I was 9 and was seeing you live at the TV. Great initiative Buzz!!
I was less than 2 years old (birth date 9 October 1967), and, also because of the time difference between USA and Switzerland, I was sleeping. But my father Gianpiero was watching the event live on TV.
Celebrating my 21st birthday (7-20-48).
I remember I was at my great grandparents farm in Woodward Iowa visiting when the eagle landed and I recall my mom telling my brother and I “we need to get home soon as they’ll be walking on the moon very soon! I was so exited. We watched it on a black and white TV with my mom and Dad and brother and I remember thinking why is the picture so fuzzy! A great memory – I was only 6 years old.
Neuiily sur Seine, France, at the maternity hospital, keeping my parents from watching the event… I was being born! Can you call that a memory? It has certainly always been an inspiration to me.
I was camping in Wyoming with my parents!
At home watching Star Trek and it was preempted for the landing!
I was 10 years old. We were allowed to watch the mission on TV at school during breaks. I watched at home too. My parents even letting me stay up until the early hours to watch the landing. My school friend, Dave, who watched with me even went on to become a pilot and is now a test pilot for Virgin Galactic. The courage of the Apollo crew and programme left a great legacy
Dad was somewhere in a C-97 with the MN Air National Guard that summer. From launch to splashdown we watched every broadcast moment we could in the cool basement of our home in Minnesota.Not only could we avoid the summer heat down there but it was the only place we had a large TV to watch the events. We watched every NASA mission on TV and read every story in the newspaper to learn the details of the astronauts and their exploration. It was a moment I will never forget when The Eagle landed.
Hugo R. Figueroa
I was 6 years old and was glued to the TV, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.,
Philip L. Reilly
I was nine years old and watched every minute with my parents in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada.
Living in the UK, the landing took place at around 04:00am, I was a little upset my parents wouldn’t allow me to stay up and watch it, I was only 8 at the time.
Oh I was a 5 and half year old kid at that time in Mumbai, India. I still remember following all the initial Apollo launches at that time. Could remember the names of all the astronauts by heart at that time. Am 54 years now and have forgotten the names of all but the first 3 on the Apollo 11 mission. Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins. These names are etched in my memory for lifetime. Visited the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida 4 years back and had goose bumps watching the film of the Apollo 11 landing. Buzz, you along with Neil and Michael are the greatest hero’s to me. You literally went “where no man has before”. I follow you on Twitter, Buzz and seeing the way you lead your life in your eighties is an inspiration to me. Was worried when you fell sick sometime back on your expedition to Antarctica. Wishing a long and healthy life for you. With regards, Vivek
I was 7 years old. Sat on the sofa with my late dad, he made mugs of tea and plates of toast & jam. Like so many others we watched on a small black & white TV. A precious memory.
I was fascinated by space travel and the complete detachment from the world. I watched the landing at home spellbound by what was happening. Congratulations to the whole team, this gave me a wonderful escape from reality. I still look to the moon remembering this momentous event and the feeling of hope in my heart.
Rafael Martínez Ramon
I was 5 years old. I watched the moon landing on an old B&W tv. My mother assures that I am very attentive. Their memories add to mine. Fom that moment I became a space fan. Thanks to Apollo XI.
When Apollo 11 landed I was at home in front of the TV.
I live in the UK and I was seven in 1969 but still I remember that day, my mum even though she wasn’t interested herself, let me stay up and watch the coverage and it was incredibly exciting. The next day at school we were all allowed to go home early as everyone, including the teachers were too tired to do anything from staying up most of the night! I’ve loved space exploration ever since and I think since the failed Shuttle programme, we’ve lost our way. Need to get back to exploring! Although I love Buzz, Neil(RIP) and Michael (sadly forgotten by many), my favourite astronaut is Gus Grissom (RIP). Can we go back to the late 60’s and the Space race please? It was such a nicer time than today.
I was only one month old when the first moon landing happened.
When you landed on the Moon, I was watching you on our black and white TV in the living room of our 5th floor apartment in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. I was with my parents and elder sister, standing as close as I could to the television. I had just turned 3 that July 11, 1969, but wanted to walk into that TV and walk on the Moon with you! Thank you for your service, sacrifice, courage, unyielding tenacity, inspiration and legacy of wonder and human evolution! Many hugs and Appreciation!
I was in Maquoketa, Iowa and had just finished first grade. Space travel was all I thought about. I clipped newspaper articles and wrote book reports. I wanted to be an astronaut too! To this day, I am fascinated by what we accomplished in the 1960’s. I love reading the books, viewing the photographs and watching archive footage and movies. I hope to witness our return to the moon!
I was 7 years old and sleeping when the hatch opened and man walked on the moon. My parents woke me and I sat on the edge of the bed watching!
I was home (NYC, Queens, specifically) with my parents and my 3 younger brothers. Like everyone else who was watching, we watched it in glorious black and white (grainy, sure, but hey, it was coming from the moon). I just remember being awestruck by the whole thing. And now we have the expression, “We can put a man on the moon, so why can’t we…..”
I was hitchhiking with a friend. We stopped in Olympia Washington to watch you in a hotel restaurant.
I was thirteen years old, we have just moved to another house because my Dad passed away on January that year. On July 20 we were following the Moon Landing, at noon we followed the LM landing, we were on the living room, I was playing with some little cowboys. At evening the hatch opening and the first steps. We (Sisters, mother, our nana) were watching it on a small Sony B&W TV. I remember that the anchorman (in Mexico) was saying they will open the hatch soon, and repeated this many times. Our nana then said “Come on open the hatch”. It was a great moment, I remember it very clear as if it has just been.
I was 11 years old and watched the lunar landing in my living room in suburban Detroit. I was a pen pal to the astronauts and knew all of their names. They sent me mission patches and pamphlets. I built a Revell scale model Saturn 5 rocket and LEM. I would have applied to the program if not for a childhood disability. I believe this event was the single greatest moment of my childhood and think back on it fondly every time I gaze at the moon. Even to this day I am still in awe. I believe in the space program and hope Americans reach Mars in my lifetime. I thank Col. Aldrin for supporting this quest. Great things can be accomplished with American know-how and tenacity.
Queens, NY. I was 5 years old. Mom and Dad woke me up to make sure I was awake to see history
Buzz. Feels like yesterday. Well, maybe the day before that! One thing I do remember was rain. After your launch, we had bad weather your entire journey to the moon and even Walter Cronkite questioned whether the flight was affecting the weather. Bad weather stopped almost to the moment of landing. I was in Philadelphia and 14 years old. Young and inspired, I remember sitting cross-legged in the living room watching like every other earthling with a television. Your landing was the fireplace of imagination for the world. I remember stepping outside and stupidly squinting at that moon, as if I might see Neil driving around with a golf club (a driver with a driver?) in that very cool (yet dated) GM vehicle. Thank you for making myself and everyone else realize that there is so much more out there that we can envision. Don’t think that kind of moment could ever happen again. I thank you.
Maggie E. Melin
This girl was around 16 years of age, so no memory is possible from that time for me. Other than basic learning in American schools through ‘our’ history accomplishments, I just didn’t exist in 1969. Wasn’t quite thought of yet, but maybe being dreamed about 😇
I was 9. It must have been a Sunday because I remember some discussion about letting church out early (maybe it was a Sunday night service, actually). They never let church out early for anything so that tells you what a big deal it was.
I was 15, living in Akron Ohio, sitting with my family in front of a grainy black n white tv. Can see that site still today. Congrats to Buzz and all those who made it possible. A truly great achievement.
A 10 year old sitting on his American grandmother’s lap at 01:00am watching it all on television. You couldn’t have found a prouder woman. 🙂
I was four years old living in Shirley Croydon UK and my dad got me out of bed to watch this great piece of history be made.
At St Brigid’s Primary School in Marrickville, Sydney, Australia, where along with several other classes, we watched history being made on a small black & white TV. What a privilege!
I was 16, and trying to steal a kiss from a girl (who actually married me 14 years later). Grainy black-and-white TV in Golden, Colorado I always loved NASA and you guys were always my heroes! 📷📷📷 A black and white television Golden, Colorado
I was a little 6 years old girl watching the #Apollo11 on a black and white TV at grandma’s house in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was absolutely amazing, a magical moment.
Helen J. Pugliano
All the neighbors (well most of them) on the block were in our living room because we were the only family with a color TV to watch the historic first steps on the moon!
Complaining I wanted to sleep as my 93 earo grandfather dragged me out of bed insisting I watch it. He was a wise man.
My parents got me out of bed to watch history being made. Grainy live images on our b/w tv but the most wonderful moment. I will never forget it
I was watching it on a tiny black&white TV in Zurich, Switzerland. The next day when we paused to watch broadcast of the landing in a store window, a guy asked my Dad if we were Americans, when he said we were, the people gathered at the shop window applauded my family.
I was an 8 and at Panama City beach in Florida with my family. I fell in love with Buzz, Neil and Mike that night. Years later I fell in love with Mission Control. The documentary Failure is Not an Option-not the Apollo 13 movie-is something all managers should watch. Amazing!
I watched Apollo 11 launch from Patrick AFB with my family. I was 7 years old. It was like witnessing the Wright Bros or perhaps the invention of fire.
I was 8, and we were on vacation in Canada. We had spent the day at Niagara Falls. I remember sitting on the floor in the motel room watching it. I actually think of that often!
David W Giffen
Our trip from Edmonton went through Utah July 21 1969. On our ‘68 Ambassador’s radio we heard “contact light”, then “Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Later everyone at the motel watched its small b&w TV and heard Neil Armstrong’s “small step…giant leap” speech.
I was 3. We saw those first steps on a TV with legs and an antenna. It is my earliest memory. Years later, in fifth grade, I portrayed an astronaut in a school play using my dad’s white motorcycle helmet. My son now helps to send small satellites to space.📷
BRETT H DAVIS
I was watching it on TV IN Bristol, Wisconsin on my dad’s new color TV from SEARS on a farm that was 365 acres in a 2 story house with a chicken coops 2 huge barns full of hay to roll around in and a huge 5 acre clover field where we flew our kites some homemade some store bough
I was 11 & enthralled watching it live on tv w my family. We always watched the Gemini & Apollo missions, so actually seeing them step on the 📷 was breathtaking. Side-note: last Sun. I got to attend the Natl Cathedral & got to sit near the stunning moon rock stained glass window.
My family and I were in London on our way to Denmark for my father’s sabbatical. We watched the landing with a huge crowd of people on the sidewalk. Someone had put their television in a storefront window so all could see.
I lived on Crooked Lake in Angola, IN. I was 6. We watched it on a black and white tv, then later went out on the dock to watch the stars in the night sky. It was a magical time!
Watching in the living room of our house in Merritt Island, FL. My dad worked at Kennedy Space Center, and was unsurprisingly working late that night.
Standing outside our house in Long Beach, Ca., looking up at the moon and being amazed!
Michael J Robbins
Seven years old–rising 3rd grader. Watched on West Coast with parents. My recollection is that it was still light out, but just barely. We lived near a major freeway and looked out and there were zero, …zero … cars out driving.
My family gathered in the TV room, and it felt like a holiday. I sat on the floor, transfixed and holding my breath inches away from our Magnavox console TV. When Apollo 11 impossibly touched down, we all clapped and my and my father said, “I wish John Kennedy was alive.” #Apollo11
Jill Von Berg
I was a child in the Isle of Man glued to a black & white TV I still have newspaper clippings from the DailyMailUK saved like treasures all these years.
I was 3. We saw those first steps on a TV with legs and an antenna. It is my earliest memory. Years later, in fifth grade, I portrayed an astronaut in a school play using my dad’s white motorcycle helmet. My son now helps to send small satellites to space.
Was sipping a glass of #TANG from the living room couch, playing w/ the miniature #MoonBuggy that came inside the jar of orange drink mix. I was 4. Although #Buzz said, “Tang sucks.” I kinda liked it. LOL
Dark local mountain time, in PJs, in front of a fuzzy B&W 5 inch TV screen — on a rug, with a TV tray, eating raisins… while my parents told us we’d want to tell our grandchildren about this day… some day.
In México City, the family glued to the 📷. Lic. Zabludovsky, our version of Walter Cronkite, said emotional “stop your watches if you want to preserve the memory” a bolt of lightning has divided history here.
I was in Lake Charles. We’d just moved there. We watched it live on b&w TV at the church parsonage, and every so often I’d go outside to gaze up at the moon in wonder that humans were standing on it at that very moment.
I was born in Feb 69. My father always said he propped me up on a pillow so I could watch the movies n landing. Historic
I had just started my first job at 14 years old. I remember our entire extended family sitting in front of our RCA Victor TV in awed silence. My 80 year old Italian grandmother was speechless. Never did she think such a thing possible.
We went for a ride to the Russian River in Oxccidental .CA my dad bought me a Shirly Temple while we watched it on the B&W TV at the bar while we waited for dinner..more memorial for me my little sister threw up all over us in the car on the way home.
Jose Rafael Lopez
I was 11, I will never forget it, in the kitchen of my parents’ house, Montevideo, Uruguay !!! I wish you the best always !!!!!
Watching in b/w on our first color tv. Got my engineering degree 2 years later. Sputnik got me interested. Apollo put my mind in orbit. Friend of Judy Resnik, hero. RIP.
I was in a lovely bungalow that no longer exists in Killiney with my father who had just come out of hospital and had less than 6 months to live (something of which I hadn’t a hint of a suspicion).
I was 11. My parents didn’t have a TV but I was in a camp bed under the stars in our garden and heard my neighbour’s TV through their open window. It was so exciting!
In the state of Washington I was 4 years old and my mother had it on the radio while my dad was away in the fields working she listened to it and made us sit there and listen to it with her : HISTORY in one giant step……
I was 6 years old, living in Zambia. With no TV but knew the landings were happening. Straining my eyes while looking at the moon, thinking I just might catch a glimpse of the lander… so I became an engineer.
I was back in Midland, Texas watching on our old RCA tv/record player combo, with chills as the first step was taken! #MoonLanding
I was in Osoyoos British Columbia at the Rod n Reel Motel. 8 years old watching on a black and white TV. Occasionally looking up at a full moon. Wow. Will never forget it.
My Dad worked on the Apollo project via North American Rockwell. I want to see a generation of kids have the amazement that I had looking at the moon and wondering. Thanks to my Dad for being one of thousands who helped to put a man on the moon. Thank you !
My mom coded for these missions at MIT’s Lincoln Labs. It’s a great bit of history. I still have some of her now declassified onboarding materials and descriptions of every stage of the computer goals. This all translated into use in air traffic control and missile defense after.
I was sitting in our living room with my mom and step-dad in San Mateo, CA. I remember it so vividly. We were on the edge of our seats. It was amazing. Very proud moment for all.
I was a couple months shy of 6 at the time. My family watched the launch from our front yard on the west shore of Lake Eustis in central Florida. The day of the landing I was super excited, playing with one of the Gulf Oil Company paper LM models and running into the house to watch the news updates of the landing. Unfortunately, by the time the EVA started at almost 11 PM Eastern time, I was worn out and fell fast asleep, so I didn’t see any of it live. Growing up with Apollo started a lifetime fascination with space and space exploration that I still enjoy. I’ll be back to KSC this weekend for another visit.
Waiting patiently for the right sperm to meet the right egg.
I wasn’t born until 1973 but I can tell you that the men of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programmes inspire me now just as much as they did when I first learned about them in school when I was five. My career in the Royal Navy and my deployment as a civilian to the frozen wastes of Antarctica have all been influenced by those missions, in particular, Apollo and the brave pioneers who flew them and the people on the ground who made it happen.
At sleepaway camp. Some of us from the girl’s camp snuck into a boy’s bunk because they had a tiny television. It was thrilling! The landing, not the boy’s bunk.
My aunt and uncle had the only color TV among those in our immediate family. Everyone went to their house and crowded around the set, us kids on the floor closest to the screen, grownups sitting / standing where there was room. Those of us who weren’t holding our breaths were quietly explaining to the youngest ones the importance of the moment. History in the making!
Wife and I were in line for the rocket jets at Disneyland watching the big screen placed above the Rocket To the Moon exit/souvenir store. Very grainy making it difficult to comprehend what we were watching, the predecessor of diamond vision left a lot to be desired but considering it was 1969 it was one small step for man.
I was in Lake Charles. We’d just moved there. We watched it live on b&w TV at the church parsonage, and every so often I’d go outside to gaze up at the moon in wonder that humans were standing on it at that very moment.
George A Salinas
I was strolling in the main plaza as a foreign exchange student from the U.S. studying in Salamanca, Spain – suddenly I glimpsed a blurred black & white TV broadcast from a cafe of Neil and Buzz descending from the lunar lander steps on to the gray dusty surface of the moon. These were brave men standing on the lunar dust, joyful and playful as children!
With my grandfather, Louis Oniga Jr, listening to his play by play… My grandfather was one of the designer/engineers of the heat shield for the Gemini Project rest in peace Nan.
I was in charge of Operations at the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station in Australia, providing communications, and television of the first step to the world, for Apollo 11. We are planning extensive celebrations for next year.
I am the youngest member of the Launch Crew for Apollo 11. (I will turn 70 next month!) I met Buzz a couple years ago when John Travolta was a guest host for the Gala. I was also one of 4 men who were physically closest to Pad 39A at the time of the launch. Keep me in the loop for the upcoming 50th celebrations. I wonder how many of those who worked at KSC during the summer of 1969 are still around.?? It might be smart to try to find out and do something that involves those of us who are still above ground. Keep me posted as your plans take shape.
I was at our summer cottage in Pennsylvania. I vividly remember watching it on TV… on “rabbit ears” with an old black and white television. My paternal grandfather had passed away just 4 months or so prior. He had been looking forward to seeing it, but he didn’t live quite long enough. I remember my mother made it a requirement for us kids to watch (as if I needed to be forced… I wouldn’t have missed it!) She was suffering from cancer at the time, and she passed away less than four years later, but she often referred to it as being the single biggest thing to happen on that scale in her lifetime. The space program has always fascinated me, and now that I live on “The Space Coast” of Florida, I enjoy frequent visits to the nearby Kennedy Space Center, and despite the fact that I am now in my 60’s, going there is a very emotional thing each time I visit. Buzz Aldrin is a true American living legend. I like to tell people how he gets his hair cut in the same chair, by the same barber in Satellite Beach that I use! I’ve met Presidents and Governors and others through the course of my work over the years, but I’d love nothing better than to walk in someday while Buzz is there so I could shake his hand.
Hans Rugaard Jensen
I was in the city of Aalborg in mainland Jutland, Denmark. Watched the landing in TV.
I was an incoming high school senior, at home in Bowie, Maryland, when I watched the Apollo 11 moon landing. What a glorious achievement!
I was in the nursery of Phoenixville Hospital, Phoenixville PA. My parents were celebrating the birth of their 4th child (me) David Armstrong Tomko. Yes, they named me after Neil. I guess if Buzz stepped on the moon first, my middle name would be Aldrin. Looking forward to the 50th.
I was 11 years old and sat in front of our b/w TV with my official Kroger Apollo drinking glass full of Tang and watched history take place.
I was at my Grandma’s in North Wales in the U.K. For us the landing was at 21:18 on the 20th July 1969. I kept a journal and newspaper cuttings of the mission which I wrote in straight after the landing. I went outside and looked upon the moon and the Sea of Tranquility, in the knowledge that minutes ago men had landed there. Armstrong took his first step at 3;56am on the 21st. Myself, my dad, my brother and my uncle watched the walk together, mostly in silence apart from my uncle who had a cough. I was irritated by the BBC presenter James Burke, I just wanted him to shut up! I recorded the sound on my Philips Tape recorder, I still have that recording with all the coughs and the sound of the grandfather clock chiming. I also have my journal which I dig out and read once a year on the anniversary. I’m so lucky to have lived through it as a 15 year old schoolboy.
I was on Cocoa Beach the day of the launch. I had flown down from Moline Illinois in a small plane with a high school friend and his dad. I had just graduated from high school two months earlier . I brought along a 35 mm camera with a 500 mm catadioptric lens to shoot the launch with. I remember buying and wearing an “out to launch” button all day.. We quickly flew home and I was able to follow the flight and watch the landing in my mom‘s living room on her little 13 inch color GE TV. Once I got home I remember not getting hardly any sleep until reentry and splashdown. I remember having that Incredible feeling that anything was possible.
I was about six weeks shy of my ninth birthday on July 20, 1969. My Dad and I were eager to watch the moon landing. My Mom and sisters? Not so much. I remember Dad piling us all into the car, in spite of Mom’s objections, and drove us about 30 miles to his brother’s house, so we could watch on my uncle’s color TV. Imagine my mother’s aggravation when we all learned that the coverage Walter Cronkite offered us was all in black-and-white. The ride home was quite silent, but Dad gave me a wink anyway.
Thank you to Buzz Aldrin, his shipmates, and everyone at NASA who made magnificent achievement happen.
Clayton E. Lynch
Well I was not going to be born for 7 more years so I missed the initial excitement but I caught the bug in later years when I got to shake Buzz’s hand at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He came to give an awesome lecture on why we need to get to Mars. I have to admit I fell asleep during the speech but shaking his hand later was a genuine thrill and I, like many, have been anxiously awaiting a time when America takes the lead in manned space flights and gets our a** to Mars! I was also lucky to be present at the blue origin showing and astronaut gathering at Oshkosh last year. Thanks to Buzz and all those heroes of the space race for inspiring a younger gen.
I was working on a hospital ward in Lincoln and watching ward tv..
I will never forget that amazing day! We were glued to the TV as we watched.
I was 17, focused on the TV. Amazed & proud. My son is a Plebe, Class of 2022, at the United States Naval Academy. It is my sincere hope that you have the opportunity to address the Midshipmen sometime during his 4 years. It would be such an honor for them.
Earle Norman Jr.
In the bowling alley in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
I was in Wildwood, NJ across the street from the house some friends and I were renting where an older couple.let us come in and watch it on TV. Then a couple of weeks.later I went to Woodstock.
Glued to our b&w TV set. Mesmerized. Salutations to you Mr Aldrin. I hope you enjoyed your gala. Respect.
Jerie Shirley Black
I watched! Then went outside and looked up to where you were standing!
Watching the TV in the middle of the night. Trying to understand what was appearing on this strange image. Great adventure, great men, great teams and great memories.
I was 22 and visiting my then BF, an Army Lt. at Ft. Bragg, NC. We watched the moon spectacle on TV. Who knew, that some 35’ish years later, I would meet you, @TheRealBuzz, at a Washington, DC restaurant and have the pleasure of chatting and shaking your hand!
I was 8 years old watching it on the 2nd hand 14in black and white in my parent’s bedroom. My younger 3 siblings watch with me and my parents. The first time I felt I was experiencing history. Looking back our country really needed this after JFK RFK MLK and with Vietnam.
I was 16, and trying to steal a kiss from a girl (who actually married me 14 years later). Grainy black-and-white TV in Golden, Colorado I always loved NASA and you guys were always my heroes! A black and white television Golden, Colorado
11 years old. Watching it on TV. We heard a loud crash at the back of our house. I ran out there. A big branch from a neighbor’s tree crashed onto our backyard. I’ve always said the moon landing and the branch falling were connected. You can’t convince me otherwise.
And I watched, amazed, in front of a b&w tv in El Paso, Texas, with my dad. I just knew I would walk on Mars one day. I still may. Thanks for giving us all such hope.
John Michael Jones
I was watching, aged 5 at the time. What you all achieved was nothing short of heroic and I will never tire of watching footage of Apollo and interviews with astronauts like you. You are a living legend (for many more years!) Thanks
I was gestating & preparing for launch. T minus 14 days, if my calculations are correct.
Luiz Paulo Rouanet
I had Five years. My dad woke me up to see it at the TV. Congrats!
It was the day I left prep school. The term finished after Sunday morning chapel and then that evening they landed on the moon. Seemed a natural progression just like being about to go to my new school in September.
I was trying to boycott watching bc of the war! But at the last minute I had to watch! I was 18.
My mother was eight months pregnant with me so technically I was almost there. My father joined the Air Force in part due to the Apollo missions and I grew up loving every minute of this footage. Thank you…you guys are awesome.
Being hustled out of bed and plopped in front of the tv with my friend who was sleeping over. We were 4 years old.
I was only 1yr 1mos old, so most likely napping or driving my mom nuts, she didn’t have far to go.
I was 8 years old and sitting with my family in front of the TV watching the whole thing. Remember it well.
Daniel R Willoughby
I was about 5 yrs old my dad set me down and said son you should watch this, this is history in the making. at 5 the only thing I was worried about was when I was going to eat again lol he took me outside and pointed up and said son that’s where those brave men are I was amazed.
My brother and I were at home with my grandparents, as my parents had gone to the hospital with my mother in labor. False alarm – my sister born one week later
I was a 7 years old kid in Ireland and my Dad woke me up at 4am so we could watch it live on TV with the rest of the world. Ghostly images flitting across the screen. It remains the most electrifying memory from my childhood. I used to reenact it, complete with Airfix models !
I was allowed to stay up to watch it. Most exciting thing to happen to me at 11 yrs!
Being 7 years old and getting woken up by mother at 3 in the morning to ‘watch history being made’. And I’m so glad she did.
I was 15 and had two friends sleepover. I was the only one who stayed awake to see the walk on the moon! I loved every minute!
My parents weren’t able to watch it live because they were up in a little community in the Northwest Territories – dad was doing his doctoral research, mom did public heath nursing.
I wasn’t there but my father was on the USS New. The New was part of your recovery fleet.
At 6 weeks old, I was too young to understand what was going on. For some reason though, my parents gave me Armstrong as a middle name. Space exploration has fascinated me for as long as I can remember.
I was 3 years old living at Patrick AFB. My Mom took us to the beach and we watched it from there. I’ve never forgotten the excitement of that time.
I was 11 years old and sat in front of our b/w TV with my official Kroger Apollo drinking glass full of Tang and watched history take place.
I was too young to grasp what the importance of this was but as I got older I became obsessed. I have had the pleasure of meeting you as well as some of your colleagues and was always fascinated to see how down to earth you space travelers really are. You guys remain My heroes!
I was not even a twinkle in my father’s eye but have always been fascinated by the space program especially Apollo. I believe I have read every single book penned by Apollo astronauts. I keep waiting for Americans to wake up and send Orion to the moon. I cant think of anything that would bring Americans who are so divided right now back together in a united front. I think it would be well worth the expense and risk and am sure there is a line of willing astronauts waiting for the chance. We have the technology most of the equipment is in place a new lunar lander could be flight ready in five years or less. Why not do it? Why not return to the moon 5 decades removed from the first remarkable visits.
Buzz Aldrin and I have one thing in common: Swedish ancestry. In the summer of ´69 I was 8 years old, and my nature-loving parents often spent their summer holidays in the mountains of the Swedish north. But out in the wilderness, you could usually only rent some small, single-room cabin without access to TV. In fact, they resembled an Apollo ship – you were lucky if you had enough fuel and water! But this year was different. Knowing of the historic events in the making, my parents had arranged for a specially equipped cabin with TV! Though later we realized your first historic moonwalk would take place in the middle of the night, Swedish time. No worries – my parents promised to wake me up when “they opened the hatch”. So that night I went from my own beautiful dreams to an even more beautiful cosmic dream; and from my own remote hideout on Earth, to another even more “magnificent desolation” on the Moon. And as I watched these two white, ghostlike characters jumping around on another world, I knew it would make a big impact on me. I would never view the night sky in quite the same way. Years later – after meeting another great visionary by the name of Carl Sagan – it even made me change my family name to “Starlife”. I am so fortunate to be born at the same time we Humans opened the gates to the universe. Thank you Buzz!