Revisiting The New York Times’ ‘Man on Moon’ Coverage

On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. The above is The New York Times’ front page from that day. Here’s a snippet from the article that ran 42 years ago:

Men have landed and walked on the moon.

Two Americans, astronauts of Apollo 11, steered their fragile four-legged lunar module safely and smoothly to the historic landing yesterday at 4:17:40 P.M., Eastern daylight time.

Neil A. Armstrong, the 38-year-old civilian commander, radioed to earth and the mission control room here:

‘Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.’

Also – according to the article, Armstrong didn’t set foot on the moon until almost seven hours after landing. Seven hours! That’s a long time. What, were they arguing over who got the last of the astronaut ice cream?

Anyway, it’s pretty crazy to think that not so long ago, man walked on the moon.

Or did we????