Collection Item Summary:
The crew of Apollo 11 carried maps of the lunar surface on their mission to the Moon in July 1969. The maps had been prepared by the United States Army Topographic Command specifically for the first landing on the Moon. Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins began their journey to the Moon on the morning of July 16, 1969 in the Command Module Columbia atop a Saturn V rocket. They achieved lunar orbit on July 20 and then flew an average of 60 miles above the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin boarded the lunar module Eagle on July 20, and 4 days, 6 hours, 45 minutes, and 47 seconds after the flight began the two astronauts became the first two human beings to land on the Moon.
This representative collection of maps was assembled for display following the mission along with command module Columbia when it was sent on a celebratory tour of all 50 state Capital Cities in 1970 and 71.
Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center in 1972 following the completion of the national tour.