Buzz Aldrin salutes the U.S flag on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission
One of the most famous NASA missions, Apollo 11 took mankind to the surface of the moon for the first time. The astronauts who made that first moonwalk—Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin—have been household names ever since.
Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969, using a Saturn V rocket loaded with more than 6.5 million pounds of fuel. The legendary moonwalk took place a few days later, on July 20. Leaving Michael Collins in control of the command module, Armstrong and Aldrin took the lunar module to the moon’s surface, where they planted a U.S. flag, took pictures, and collected rock samples, among other tasks.
Learn more about the Apollo 11 Moon Landing through historical newspapers from our archives. Explore newspaper articles, headlines, images, and other primary sources below.
Articles and Clippings about the Apollo 11 Moon Landing
Illustrated chart for Apollo 11’s journey from blastoff to moon landing to it’s return to earth Thu, Jul 10, 1969 – Page 4 · The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.comOpinion: Success of Apollo 9 makes for an almost certain moon landing in the near future Fri, Mar 14, 1969 – 6 · Fort Lauderdale News (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) · Newspapers.comMaterial for and production of Apollo-Saturn 5 moon rocket Mon, Jul 21, 1969 – Page 49 · The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware) · Newspapers.comNeil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s moon walk is followed by a successful blastoff and lunar orbit Mon, Jul 21, 1969 – Page 1 · The Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin) · Newspapers.comAmericans pictured cheering while watching Armstrong’s first step on the moon in New York City Mon, Jul 21, 1969 – Page 5 · Muncie Evening Press (Muncie, Indiana) · Newspapers.comAmerica’s reaction to watching and listening to the moon landing and walk Mon, Jul 21, 1969 – Page 5 · Muncie Evening Press (Muncie, Indiana) · Newspapers.comPicture of Mission Control in Houston, Texas watching the Apollo 11 astronauts moon walk Mon, Jul 21, 1969 – Page 8 · Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California) · Newspapers.comFront page after successful launch and moon landing in 1969 Mon, Jul 21, 1969 – 1 · The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville, Tennessee) · Newspapers.comNixon talks with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on moon Mon, Jul 21, 1969 – Page 16 · Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) · Newspapers.comApollo 11 astronauts splashdown in the Pacific Ocean three days after launch Thu, Jul 24, 1969 – 1 · Palladium-Item (Richmond, Indiana) · Newspapers.comNeil Armstrong’s wife and children express their joy of his safe return after splashdown Mon, Jul 21, 1969 – Page 8 · Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California) · Newspapers.comOpinion: The efforts America made for the moon landing should have been focused elsewhere Tue, Jul 22, 1969 – 13 · The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) · Newspapers.comMoon landing’s success paves the way for greater exploration programs Tue, Jul 22, 1969 – 4 · The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) · Newspapers.com