Spirit of Apollo

Whatever I might do, it would not be as overwhelming as this.
John Glenn showing the Mercury capsule to his wife Annie, 1959.

John Glenn showing the Mercury capsule to his wife Annie, 1959.

Dr. Theodore von Karman sketches out a plan on the wing of an airplane as his JATO engineering team looks on.

Dr. Theodore von Karman sketches out a plan on the wing of an airplane as his JATO engineering team looks on.

Dale Gardner sleeping in space aboard the Challenger.

Dale Gardner sleeping in space aboard the Challenger.

Apollo 11 astronauts with Queen Elizabeth II.

Apollo 11 astronauts with Queen Elizabeth II.

Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong April 13, 1969.

Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin on the 30th anniversary of their mission, July 21, 1999 - 15 years ago today.

Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong on the 40th anniversary of their mission, July 21, 2009 - 5 years ago today.

The USS Hornet receives three extra passengers upon the return of Apollo 11!

The USS Hornet receives three extra passengers upon the return of Apollo 11!

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

—William Safire’s undelivered speech for President Nixon in the event of a disaster on Apollo 11.

Unofficial mission patch for STS-41C, which landed on Friday the 13th, 1984.
Astronauts Crip, Dick, TJ, Ox, and Pinky is Archie Comics as hell.

Unofficial mission patch for STS-41C, which landed on Friday the 13th, 1984.

Astronauts Crip, Dick, TJ, Ox, and Pinky is Archie Comics as hell.

John F. Kennedy at NASA’s Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex in 1962.

John F. Kennedy at NASA’s Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex in 1962.

STS-41C "Ace Satellite Repair Co." crew up in orbit to repair the Solar Max satellite.

Dick Scobee, George “Pinky” Nelson, James “Ox” Van Hoften, Terry Hart, Bob Crippen

STS-41C "Ace Satellite Repair Co." crew up in orbit to repair the Solar Max satellite.

Dick Scobee, George “Pinky” Nelson, James “Ox” Van Hoften, Terry Hart, Bob Crippen