Neil Armstrong on the moon by the LEMPhotograph courtesy of NASA. Photograph taken by Edwin Buzz Aldrin. The only reasonable photograph of Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface. Reference: AS11-40-5886 (OF300). Image processed by Kipp Teague from raw scans provided by NASA Johnson. See the Apollo 11 Image Library and the Magnificent Desolation web page for photograph details.

As you know Neil Armstrong has passed away. The Apollo 11 lunar landing in July 1969 was a defining moment in my life. I built models of the Saturn space rocket and the Lunar Model. I collected newspaper clippings and made scrapbooks. I still have the clippings and the scrapbooks after all these years. I woke up early on the morning of the 21st July (AEST) to listen to and watch the lunar module land. Later, during the day myself and many other students watched the moonwalk on TV. I was aged 10 at the time.

Apollo Lunar Surface Journal Web SIte

There are many web sites about the Apollo 11 landing however there is one site that I believe is head and shoulders above the rest. It is the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal. This site has gathered together the audio and video transcripts of the 6 lunar landings. It also includes the photographs taken by the astronauts during the journeys and landings. The detail is phenomenal. It is the definitive archive of the lunar landings.

This page from the journal, One Small Step, provides a moment by moment detailed account of the first moon walk at Tranquility Base in July 1969. There are restored video clips, audio transcripts and links to photographs. The transcripts are supported with expert commentary. The detail is mesmerising and engaging.

This page, Magnificent Desolation, features all of the photographs, including accidental exposures, taken by Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin during their walk on the moon. The photographs are captivating. All of the photographs taken during the mission are detailed on this page, Apollo 11 Image Library.

The site also provides links to copies of NASA press kits released at the time including this one for the Apollo 11 mission.

There are a number of other official sites dedicated to the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. They are listed below.

Apollo ~ Humankind’s first steps on the lunar surface

Apollo 11 ~ 40th Anniversary

Apollo 11 ~ 35 years later

Apollo 11 _ 30th Anniversary

Apollo 11 ~ Sites, links and resources compiled by the NASA History Program Office

A number of sites and news articles have been published regarding the departure of Neil Armstrong from this world

Official NASA obituary

Sydney Morning Herald: Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82

ABC Australia News: First man on moon Neil Armstrong dead

Excellent and rare interview with Neil Armstrong: An Audience with Neil Armstrong