The landscape painting, Apolloscape
by Lettario Calamai, a noted printmaker who founded and directed the Intaglio Workshop for Advance Printmaking in New York, may be described as fantastical -- inviting us to marvel not just at art, but scientific achievement. On July 24th, 1969, Apollo 11, the first flight that landed astronauts on the Moon, returned safely to Earth, splashing down into the North Pacific Ocean after more than eight days in space. Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin jettisoned from Columbia, the portion of the rocket that was named after the cannon that launched a space craft in Jules Verne's 1865 novel, From the Earth to the Moon
. The astronauts were met by Navy divers from the USS Hornet, an aircraft carrier which departed from Pearl Harbor.
The space mission was broadcast live on television throughout the world, and Neil Armstrong's comment, "One small step for [a] man, One giant leap for mankind" has resonated for decades -- significantly ending the space race and fulfilling President John F Kennedy's national goal to send men to the moon and return them safely home.
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- Wooten, J.T. (1969, Jul 22). Recovery Team in Pacific Ends Final Rehearsal; 'We're All Set,' Chief Says. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Apollo 11 Reenters Earth Gravity Zone; Astronauts Relax: Apollo Spacecraft Back in Clutch of Earth Orbit Apollo 11 Trip. (1969, Jul 23). Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- Astronauts Sleep Well: Apollo-11 in Earth's Gravitational Field. (1969, Jul 23). The Times of India (1861-Current)
- Wooten, J.T. (1969, Jul 24). A Snug Trailer Awaits Astronauts at Sea. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Miles, M. (1969, Jul 24). Splashdown Day: Apollo 11 Returning in Triumph. Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- Wooten, J.T. (1969, Jul 25). Astronauts Back from Moon; Begin 18 Days In Quarantine. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Wooten, J.T. (1969, Jul 26). Apollo 11 Crewmen 'Fine'. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Cook, B. (1969, Aug 02). Astronauts Happy: Apollo 11 Lands Safely At Home. Afro-American (1893-1988)
- Linden, T. R. (1969, Aug 24). Successful Flight Of Apollo 11 Spreads 'Moon Fever' On Earth: Monuments, Songs, Drinks and Even Babies Get Into Act To Commemorate Astronauts' Landing On Lunar Surface. Los Angeles Times (1923-1995)
- From "Apollo.". (1989, Jul 16). 'Task Accomplished'. New York Times (1923-Current File)
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