Category: apollo 11

Buzz Aldrin at the 2015 National Book Festival.

Art by Jack Kirby and Al Williamson for the cover of Race for the Moon, #3, Harvey Comics, 1958.

July 20, 1969 – While Neil Armstrong was taking a picture of Buzz Aldrin, Aldrin’s visor was taking a picture of Armstrong.

The tasty treats of Apollo 11: chocolate pudding, sugar-coated corn flakes, strawberry cubes, and pineapple fruitcake.


Publicity still for MOON ZERO TWO, 1969.

President Nixon speaks to Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin while they walk on the Moon.

The actual moon trip in A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune), 1902, directed by Georges Méliès.

Buzz Aldrin, photographed by Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969.

July 20, 1969 – A view of the southwestern Sea of Tranquility seen from the Apollo 11 lunar module. (NASA)

APOLLO 11 FRUITCAKE – In the days of the Apollo space program, NASA knew that you can’t take a giant leap for mankind on an empty stomach. They provided the moon-bound astronauts with three meals per day, adding up to approximately 2,800 calories. This included tasty treats like pudding, brownies, and fruitcake. Though fruitcake has a somewhat infamous rep for being rather indestructible, NASA’s food mavens made sure it was compressed and protected with a 4-ply, laminated film coating to guard against flavor loss, moisture, oxygen invasion, spoiling, or excess crumbling.

(Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum)