About Apollo 11
Anyone who was in front of a television on July 20, 1969, will never forget the black-and-white images beamed to Earth: the first human being set foot on the moon. As Apollo 11's lunar module, the Eagle, touched down on the Sea of Tranquility, humanity was no longer a stranger to the moon. After a four-day journey, commander Neil Armstrong reported, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." Six hours later, Armstrong descended the ladder to the surface, saying, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Lunar module pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin followed him to the surface. Michael Collins, who designed the mission insignia, piloted Apollo 11's command module. He said the design represented a "peaceful lunar landing by the United States." The eagle holds an olive branch in its talons as it lands on the moon's surface; the earth is visible in the distance. The crew did not include their names on the patch in an effort to represent everyone involved in the mission. Look for a replica Apollo 11 patch on eBay from dependable sellers, as well as a variety of Apollo 11 pins to commemorate humanity's quest for space.