Celebrating NASA & Apollo 11 Through Stamps

Walking on the Moon

Lunar Module 2
Lunar Module 2 is one of two remaining lunar landers built for the Apollo missions.
Courtesy National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin climbed into the Lunar Module. Following separation from the Apollo 11 Command Module, with astronaut Michael Collins still aboard, the Lunar Module descended towards the Moon’s surface. The plan changed quickly when it became clear that they were coming down a few miles away from their planned landing site. With the planned fuel allotment for this part of the mission running out, Armstrong, with Aldrin’s assistance, manually landed the Lunar Module at a new site, Tranquility Base.

Six hours after successfully landing, Armstrong and Aldrin opened the Lunar Module’s hatch and climbed down to the surface of the Moon. Armstrong’s famous words as he made the first steps on the surface, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” have indelibly marked this incredible achievement in human history.

1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing Event Cover
This cover was canceled on July 20, 1969 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, the day and location of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The eagle depicted in the cover's cachet represents the Lunar Module's call sign, Eagle.