Remembering Tranquility Base.
It's been 39 years since we heard those famous words announcing that humans had finally reached another world:
"Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon.
When mission commander Neil Armstrong finally took the "small step," I was watching in the Fillmore West in San Francisco. In a corner of the huge concert hall they had a large screen showing man’s first steps on the moon. The activities at Tranquility Base fit right in with the light show.
Where were you when Armstrong took that the "giant leap for mankind?"
The following video shows the Eagle's descent and landing, Armstrong's first steps on the moon, activities at Tranquility Base, and the Eagle's return to the orbiting Columbia:
PHOTO: Aldrin Looks Back at Tranquility Base - Lunar Module pilot Buzz Aldrin was photographed by mission commander Neil Armstrong. In the foreground is the Passive Seismic Experiment Package; beyond it is the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector; in the far right background is the Lunar Module "Eagle." Image credit: NASA